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Coronavirus positivity rises to 5.2% in Florida, rate of vaccinations slows

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As Floridians prepare to gather for the Fourth of July, COVID-19 test positivity is rising and fewer residents are getting vaccinated.

The state's weekly update on the pandemic shows statewide positivity at 5.2%. That's up from less than 4% the week before.

And Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties all have positivity rates above 7%.

An additional 213 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.

So far 2.3 million Floridians have tested positive for the virus and 37,985 have died.

Eleven million residents have gotten at least one shot of a vaccine. That's 50% of the population.

But the number of people getting vaccinated has declined steadily in the past four weeks.

Joe Byrnes came to Central Florida Public Media from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.