- Florida’s COVID-19 infections and positivity rate are on the rise again across the state, and the highly contagious omicron BA.2 variant may be to blame. The variant now accounts for 80 percent of cases in the southeast, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts don’t expect another omicron wave, but the immunocompromised and unvaccinated are still vulnerable to severe illness and death.
- It’s becoming harder than ever to track COVID-19. Shuttered testing facilities means fewer people may be getting tested, and while at-home tests are abundant those results are not reported to health officials. That means many infections will go unreported. Last week Florida health officials reported the fewest test results since June 2020.
- Hospitalizations are still a reliable metric for the pandemic’s severity, and Florida hasn’t seen an increase in the past week. But hospitalizations trail infections by weeks. By the time hospital beds fill up, Floridians who resume safe practices such as masking and social distancing will be doing so weeks late.
15,678: Number of cases reported in Florida in the past week.
2,240: Average cases a day, a 39 percent increase compared to the previous week.
5,878,404: Total number of cases recorded in Florida.
151: Number of deaths reported in the past week.
73,689: Total pandemic deaths in Florida.
60,368: Vaccinations (first or second doses) administered in the past week, an 38 percent increase compared to the previous week.
83 percent: Florida residents 5 and up who are at least partially vaccinated.
79 percent: Total Florida population that is at least partially vaccinated.
82 percent: U.S. residents 5 and up who are at least partially vaccinated.
77 percent: Total U.S. population that is at least partially vaccinated.
46,095: Booster doses administered in Florida in the last week, a 17-percent increase compared to the prior week.
26 percent: Total Florida population that is boosted.
30 percent: Total U.S. population that is boosted.
6.2 percent: Florida, compared to 4.2 percent the previous week.
5.6 percent: Manatee
4.6 percent: Pinellas
4.1 percent: Hernando
4.1 percent: Pasco
3.7 percent: Polk
3.5 percent: Hillsborough
2.7 percent: Citrus
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674: Florida hospitalizations, no significant change compared to the prior week.
165: Tampa Bay admissions, a 9-percent increase compared to the prior week.
2,431: Cases in Tampa Bay, a 72-percent increase compared to the previous week.
1,080,923: Total cases in Tampa Bay to date.
34: Deaths in Tampa Bay, a 60-percent drop compared to the prior week.
Editor’s note: The Tampa Bay Times’ weekly COVID-19 summary now reports data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previous reports relied on the Florida Department of Health. However, the state no longer releases COVID-19 data on a weekly basis. The change allows us to bring readers the most up-to-date COVID-19 data each week.
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How to get tested
Tampa Bay: The Times can help you find the free, public COVID-19 testing sites around the bay area.
Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing sites in the state. Some information may be out of date.
The U.S.: The Department of Health and Human Services has a website that can help you find a testing site.
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How to get vaccinated
The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up and booster shots for eligible recipients are being administered at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow appointments to be booked online. Here’s how to find a site near you:
Find a site: Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your ZIP code.
More help: Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline.
Phone: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish and other languages.
Disability Information and Access Line: Call 888-677-1199 or email DIAL@n4a.org.
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KIDS AND VACCINES: Got questions about vaccinating your kid? Here are some answers.
BOOSTER SHOTS: Confused about which COVID booster to get? This guide will help.
BOOSTER QUESTIONS: Are there side effects? Why do I need it? Here’s the answers to your questions.
PROTECTING SENIORS: Here’s how seniors can stay safe from the virus.
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