Florida averages more than 60,000 daily infections with omicron, a new record

Miami, Jan 14 (EFE) .- The state of Florida (USA) 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, and according to the same source, the rate of infections throughout the state fell slightly this last week to 29.3%. Media such as Local 10 television, in 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, for its acronym in English), which has once again offered on Twitter a daily report of income related to the pandemic, 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 patients hospitalized 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, 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. The Baptist Health hospital network almost doubles the Jackson system with just under 900 patients who have tested positive for covid-19, local television reported 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 accumulates 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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