Ómicron generates record in Florida with more than 61,000 cases reported daily

Despite the high figures in the state, there was a slight reduction of 29.3% in the last week.

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The state of Florida drastically increased the number of coronavirus cases in the last seven days, adding 430,297 in the week of January 7 to 13, which is equivalent to a new record with more than 61,000 daily infections on average, health authorities reported this Friday.

According to the weekly report of the Florida Department of Health published today, the most recent week far exceeded the previous one, whose report accounted for 396,353 cases and a positivity rate of 31.3%.

However, according to the same source, the statewide infection rate dipped slightly this past week to 29.3%.

Media such as Local 10 television, from South Florida, attribute the slight decrease to the fact that Florida may have already reached the peak of the increase in the omicron variant, citing health authorities who “express their optimism” in this regard.

The Florida Hospital Association (FHA), which has again offered a daily report on income related to the pandemic on Twitter, confirmed that this January 14 there are 11,160 people hospitalized.

Of these, 22.5% remain in intensive care units (ICU).

Of the total of 11,160 hospitalized patients with COVID-19, 237 are minors, and of the latter 15.9% are in the ICU, according to the FHA database.

For their part, large hospital systems in South Florida like the public Jackson Health System are offering revenue data related to the pandemic on their own.

On its social networks, the Jackson publishes today that 508 patients who tested positive for COVID-19.

“Of the 508, 112 are vaccinated, 59 of whom are immunocompromised transplant patients (with weakened natural immune defenses),” the institution said.

Baptist Health hospital network nearly doubles the Jackson system with just under 900 patients testing positive for COVID-19local television said today.

Florida’s weekly report adds the figure of 111 people who have died as a result of the coronavirus, and puts the total number of deaths in the state at 63,158 since the pandemic began in March 2020.

The state has accumulated at least 4,992,579 cases of coronavirus since that date, although the total does not include home tests or rapid tests that are not usually reported to health officials.

Hospitalizations during this last week throughout the country exceeded 133,000, according to the most recent data.

Americans will be able to start ordering rapid home diagnostic tests for COVID-19 starting on January 19 through the internet, as reported this Friday from the White House.

The US is the country most affected by the pandemic with more than 64 million cases of COVID-19 and more than 847,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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