By Marsha Mullings, MPH
Cases: 82 million
Deaths: 1.0 million
Cases: 6 million
- Coronavirus cases are continuing to rise across the US.
- The average number of new cases is 90,000 per day, a 60% increase over the last two weeks.
- The US has reached the grim milestone of 1 million recorded deaths due to COVID-19. The actual number of COVID-19 deaths is undoubtedly higher.
- New coronavirus cases are rising in Florida. The state reports an average of 5,600 new cases per day, up 49% over the last two weeks.
- Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are once again rising in South Florida, although the number of deaths has remained flat over the previous two weeks.
- The risk of coronavirus transmission has moved from Low to Moderate in Broward County, which has seen the highest jump in cases across South Florida.
- Two new Omicron variants (B4 and B5) have been detected in the US. These variants emerged in South Africa and are thought to be more transmissible than other Omicron variants.
- Scientists believe that B4 and B5 may be able to evade the vaccines, however there is no definitive information regarding “immunological escape” at this point.
- The Biden administration has issued new warning that the US could see 100 million COVID-19 cases in the Fall and Winter of this year.
For more information on coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention, visit www.FloridaHealth.org; nyt.com; www.coronavirus.jhu.edu; www.cdc.gov;