This page is updated daily. 37 NEW CASES / 1 ICU BED AVAILABLE in Monroe County hospitals (it is at Mariners Hospital).

NEW CASES (case data as of July 19): FDOH reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 in Monroe County in this morning’s report. Two cases previously confirmed have been removed from the Monroe County list due to residency elsewhere in Florida.  16 of the individuals confirmed yesterday are Key West residents (now 373 total), 7 are Key Largo residents (now 140), 3 are Marathon residents (now 92), 2 are Big Pine residents (now 22), 1 is a Tavernier resident (now 82), 1 is a Long Key resident (now 3), 1 is a Ramrod Key resident (now 2), 4 cases have not had residency established as yet (now 60). Of the 37 new cases only 1 is over 65  – a 66-year-old man. 23 individuals are 40 years or under with the youngest being two toddlers 2 and 3 years old. 13 individuals are between 41 and 64 years old. 

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Several readers have asked us to plot the numbers for specific areas in the Keys that are seeing the largest number of positive novel coronavirus cases. These areas are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 compared with other areas of the Keys for different reasons. Key West, of course, with its larger population and which had thousands of visitors coming in daily by air, car and boat would be expected to have the largest share of positive cases and does. But the Upper Keys areas of Key Largo and Tavernier have a relatively high percentage of cases compared to other islands.

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We hear it every day. “Social distancing is working. We’re flattening the curve!”

We’ve been keeping a spreadsheet with all the Monroe County coronavirus case and testing data that the Florida Department of Health provides each day. It’s now been 26 days since the first COVID-19 case was officially reported in the Keys (on March 20th). We were curious to see what those numbers would look like when we plugged them into graphs. What does “our curve” look like?  Is it indeed flattening as a result of all our efforts at social distancing?

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