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Florida Record: Florida Reports 47k New COVID Cases. Hospitalizations Up. New Test Site Opens Today.

Florida Reports Record New COVID-19 Cases. Hospitalizations Are Way Up. Florida COVID Deaths Remain Low. New Test Site Opens Today.

Florida Record Florida Reports 47K New Covid Cases Wednesday
Florida Record Florida Reports 47K New Covid Cases Wednesday

FLORIDA – Boca Post (BocaPost.com) — The Omicron surge is relentlessly breaking records as the year is coming to an end. According to the CDC, Florida has reported a whopping 46,923 cases on Wednesday, December 29th, 2021. Florida has reported 4 deaths in this last 7 day period.

Florida Hospitalizations From Omicron

Florida Record Florida Reports 47K New Covid Cases Wednesday - Hosiptalizations
Image Credit: Florida Hospital Association

According to the Florida Hospital Association (FHA), hospitalizations are slightly up by 127.7% over the last 7 days. Hospital capacity is a concern as FHA reports only 23.4% of impatient beds and 28% of Adult ICU beds currently available statewide. FHA is reporting a total of 3,411 COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Florida Deaths From Omicron

In the midst of this Omicron surge, a consistent metric has been low deaths. Florida is now reporting 4 deaths in the last 7 day period. That is up from the 0 to 1 which it has been for the last 7 days. Again, Omicron is proving to be more contagious and less lethal than Delta. During Florida’s Delta surge in September, Florida’s death rate was in the 350-400 a day range.

While hospitalizations may be up, when compared to the death rate, it appears the bulk of people admitted are walking out. This is a much different story than earlier days of the pandemic. For instance, Florida reported 567 new hospitalizations statewide on December 27th, 2021, there was only 1 death reported that day.

Florida COVID-19 Testing

Florida Covid19 Testing Vs Infection 2021
Image Credit: Cdc Covid Data Tracker

With great testing comes great increase in infection rate. Testing is absolutely through the roof. Testing sites are full. Lines of cars wrap around parking lots. People are waiting hours for the test. For example, on December 22nd, 2021, the CDC reports Florida has administered nearly 170k tests which produced 26,673 new cases in Florida.

New Test Site In Palm Beach County

On the north end of the county there is a new COVID-19 drive-thru testing center opens Today, December 30th, 2021. The new site, located in Riviera Beach, is opening in an effort to alleviate the mile long lines at the government sites run at Gaines Park in West Palm Beach and the county library in Palm Beach Gardens.

The new site is located at the Wells Recreation Center at Blue Heron Blvd and Avenue H near the baseball fields in Riviera Beach. The new site will be run 7 days a week from 9am-5pm. However, like most government run agencies, it will be closed Friday and Saturday due to the holiday.

With government run sites being closed on Friday and Saturday, officials expect another large turnout to the testing sites on Sunday and Monday.

 

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Mike Thomas is the editor-in-chief at Boca Post. Boca Post is a hyperlocal news media organization dedicated to providing honest and unbiased reporting of the news as it affects Boca Raton and the surrounding areas.As a Florida native living in Boca Raton with his family, Mike genuinely cares about Boca. Boca Post is a labor of love created by Mike Thomas and is a gift from his family to yours.

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