According to the CDC, there has been a 90% increase in new cases of COVID-19 in Florida in the past two weeks.
Dr. Jessica Quinones, assures that “the emergency room is the window to the community and we have seen a significant increase in pediatric patients, among adult patients, with symptoms of fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sore throat body, vomiting and diarrhea.
There has also been an increase in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in our region. Miami Dade has increased by 31%, Broward by 53% and Palm Beach by 32%.
“When we have more cases, we have more hospitalizations, but we haven’t seen many complications in patients who have been vaccinated,” Quinones says.
In Miami Dade, this increase would be 15 hospitalizations per 100,000 residents. According to that figure, 300 people will now be hospitalized for COVID-19 in the county.
“We are on high alert right now in Miami-Dade County,” Quinones says.
Nomi Health, the company that provides COVID-19 testing in Miami Dade, attests to that increase.
“Over the last 30 days, we have seen an increase in positive cases of COVID-19 here in Miami-Dade County. The percentage of positivity that Nomi Health processes averages between 28 and 35% in Miami-Dade County”, says Jose Suarez from Nomi Health.
Nomi Health has detected a prevalence of the Omicron variant in our area.
“BQ.1, XXB, and XBB.1.5 are what account for about 60% of the positive results here in our county,” says Suarez.
Dr. Dadilia Garces believes that “most likely, the number of cases will increase because these variants are usually much more contagious, and many more people will get sick from it. This includes people who are very are vulnerable and are more likely to be hospitalized.