TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – New health data from smart thermometer creator, Kinsa Insights, is showing a potential slow-down of coronavirus spread across local counties.
Kinsa Insights’ network of smart thermometers collected and analyzed data related to seasonal illnesses. The data, collected since March 1, was compiled to create a national Health Weather Map, which was launched on March 18.
People across the county are participating in social distancing, school closures and stay-at-home orders and as a result, feverish illness levels are dropping.
Most Tampa Bay area counties are seeing mild to moderate numbers of atypical illnesses in patients. Hillsborough County continues to see the most cases of coronavirus-related illness— as well as other illnesses— in the area.
Every local county has seen a decreased amount of atypical illness since mid-March and while that data does not mean that COVID-19 cases are declining and health experts are preparing to see reported cases continue to surge in the near term, it may indicate that the measures put in place by local and state officials are starting to slow the spread.
In an effort to continue slowing the spread, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday issued a stay-at-home order, effective Thursday at midnight, for 30 days.
“We’re going to be in this for another 30 days,” he said. “At this point, even though there’s a lot of places in Florida that have very low infection rates, it makes sense to make this move now.”
WHAT TO KNOW:
- Florida is reporting 47,471 cases and 2,069 deaths
- Florida K-12 schools will remain online/distance learning through the end of the school year
- Florida in Phase One of reopening
- Travelers from NY tri-state area and New Orleans coming to Florida must quarantine for 14 days
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