The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have updated their COVID-19 dashboard following a few days of no data due to the New Year holiday period. The data shows that Florida is continuing to set records as it relates to COVID-19 as Omicron continues to surge.
According to the CDC, Florida set a new single-day record on December 30th with 75,902 confirmed COVID-19 cases. That 75,902 figure represents the third-highest single-day tally from any state during the entire pandemic. Only New York City and the state of California have recorded higher single-day totals. Here’s the data since Christmas, from the CDC:
|Date||COVID-19 Cases||7-Day Moving Average|
|Jan 3, 2022||51,644||54,394|
|Jan 2, 2022||39,797||51,802|
|Jan 1, 2022||45,838||50,270|
|Dec 31, 2021||56,719||46,718|
|Dec 30, 2021||75,902||42,606|
|Dec 29, 2021||57,967||36,361|
|Dec 28, 2021||52,892||32,077|
|Dec 27, 2021||33,503||27,522|
|Dec 26, 2021||29,072||24,875|
|Dec 25, 2021||20,974||22,285|
As you can see, Florida is also setting records for the 7-day moving average. During the Delta surge over the summer, the 7-day moving average hit a high of 21,640. Now, the Omicron surge high is set at 54,394.
Even though experts largely agree that the Omicron variant is a more mild variant than Delta, hospitalizations are surging. Yesterday alone, an astonishing 1,324 new hospitalizations were attributed to COVID-19, according to data from the Florida Hospital Association.
During the peak of the Delta surge over the summer, there was a peak of 17,121 COVID-19 hospitalizations – certainly more than the Omicron surge presently.
At Walt Disney World, there have been zero changes or responses to the record-setting Omicron variant. Face masks are still required indoors, but there are virtually no other mitigation efforts in effect. Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel has not penned a health and safety update since July 2020, with the exception of a May 2021 article about vaccines featuring The Muppets.
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