After adding over 295,000 new cases throughout the last week, the U.S. now has more than 78.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19. There have been more than 950,000 COVID-19-related deaths — the highest death toll of any country.
New cases continue to rise, albeit at a slowing rate. In the past week, there were an average of 15.4 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 Americans — a decrease from the week prior, when there were an average of 22.6 daily new coronavirus cases per 100,000 people.
While COVID-19 has spread to nearly every part of the country, cities continue to be the sites of major outbreaks. Experts agree that the virus is more likely to spread in group settings where large numbers of people routinely have close contact with one another, such as colleges, nursing homes, bars, and restaurants. Metropolitan areas with a high degree of connectivity between neighborhoods and a large population may be particularly at-risk.
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL, metro area consists of Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County. In the past week, there were an average of 13.6 new coronavirus cases every day per 100,000 Miami residents, in line with the national figure. The metro area’s average daily case growth in the most recent week is essentially unchanged from the week prior, when there was an average of 18.4 daily new cases per 100,000 Miami residents.
The spread of coronavirus depends on a variety of factors and can vary even between neighboring counties. Within the Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metro area, COVID-19 is growing the fastest in Miami-Dade County. There were an average of 16.1 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in Miami-Dade County during the past week, the most of the three counties in Miami with available data.
Case growth in the Miami metro area is relatively uniform at the county level. In Broward County, for example, there were an average of 11.2 new cases per day per 100,000 residents in the past week — the least of any county in Miami yet relatively in line with the case growth rate in Miami-Dade County.
Just as Miami-Dade County is driving the growth of COVID-19 in the Miami area, it also has the highest incidence of cases overall. As of March 10, there were a total of 43,669.5 confirmed cases per 100,000 residents in Miami-Dade County, the most of the three counties in the metro area. For comparison, the U.S. has so far reported 24,221.8 cases per 100,000 Americans nationwide.