Miami-Dade Seeing COVID Rates 5 Times Higher Than Summer Delta Surge

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Omicron has go the ascendant variant crossed the state and successful South Florida. The CDC says omicron was liable for 99% of the caller COVID cases successful the past week.

While symptoms of this variant are mostly little severe, it is spreading much rapidly.

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People getting sick arsenic soon arsenic conscionable a fewer days aft exposure.

“Miami-Dade County, for example, our rates person been 5 times higher than they were with the Delta variant, truthful there’s an unthinkable fig of cases,” says Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, an infectious illness adept with FIU. “Even though, it seems, erstwhile radical are infected with Omicron they person astir fractional the hazard of being hospitalized, due to the fact that we person truthful galore cases, hospitals are adjacent much burdened than they were with the Delta variant that we saw implicit the summer.”

“When you person truthful galore infections, you volition commencement to spot much deaths,” she continues. “We usually don’t spot those deaths amusement up successful the data, that is the numbers, until astir a period aft we person our peak.”

The COVID-19 Forecast Hub says models foretell 50,000 to 300,000 much Americans could dice by March.

300,000 radical would beryllium similar filling Hard Rock Stadium astir 5 times.

If that actualizes, it would propulsion full U.S. deaths from COVID to much than 1 cardinal by spring.

Dr. Trepka encourages radical to get their afloat vaccine bid and deterioration masks successful nationalist areas to forestall these superior infections.

“Vaccines person worked incredibly good successful presumption of preventing terrible unwellness with Omicron, peculiarly if radical person been boosted,” she says. “If you look astatine radical hospitalized successful Miami-Dade county, for example, the immense bulk of them are unvaccinated people, but immoderate radical are afloat vaccinated and not boosted. People who are boosted are beauteous uncommon close present among those hospitalized.”

According to the latest information from the CDC,

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In Miami-Dade, the Positivity complaint is 29%.

About 82% of the region is afloat vaccinated, and 29% is boosted.

There were 2,200 COVID hospitalizations successful the past week.

Jackson Health Systems says their highest with Omicron patients was January 12th with 564. There are presently 102 COVID patients successful the ICU.

In Broward, the positivity complaint is besides 29%.

69% of the region is afloat vaccinated and 34% boosted.

Data shows astir 1,400 hospitalizations determination successful the past week.

Broward Health says they are operating usually with capable furniture space.

Dr. Trepka constituent retired that relying connected earthy immunity is not enough.

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“Just due to the fact that you’ve gotten infected with 1 of the variants of the SARS-CoV-2 microorganism doesn’t mean that you’re not going to get it again, truthful it’s not a bully thought to deliberation ‘oh good I’ll conscionable spell up and get it and get it implicit with.’ That’s not really what happens.”

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