Coronavirus Report: April 12, 2021
By Marsha Mullings, MPH
31 million cases, 564,000 deaths
2.1 million cases, 86,969 total hospitalizations, 34,021 deaths
220,489 cases, 9,628 total hospitalizations, 2,720 deaths
*Cases have remained steady over the past week. Daily average for new cases is 65,000 infections.
*The B.1.1.7 coronavirus variant (UK variant) is now the predominant viral strain in the US. *B.1.1.7 is more easily spread than the original coronavirus.
*Florida has the highes number of confirmed B.1.1.7 cases (3510) in the US.
*Broward County has the highest number of confirmed B.1.1.7 variants in Florida.
Vaccine Update *21% of Floridians have been fully vaccinated. 20% of Broward residents have received two doses.
*All Floridians 18 years and older are now eligible for vaccines.
*Floridians can pre-register for vaccination appointments at www.myvaccine.fl.gov.
*Individuals with frontline jobs such as teaching, or transportation, among others, will be given priority when registering online,
*Appointments can also be made separately with Publix, Walmart, Winn-Dixie, CVS and other entities offering the inoculations.
Vaccines are now available to every adult in Florida and the US, but the risk of infection and COVID-19 disease remain extremely high. Remaining vigilant against disease transmission is critical. Practice good COVID-19 control strategies:
*Observe social distancing guidelines (6 feet or more of separation from others).
*Practice good hand hygiene (wash hands frequently with soap and warm water, or use hand sanitizers).
*Wear a mask when out in public.
Avoid crowded indoor locations where possible.
For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention, visit www.FloridaHealth.org; www.coronavirus.jhu.edu; www.cdc.gov; www.NYT.com.