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Florida COVID-related hospitalizations continue to decline

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 33,032 new cases in Florida for Jan. 17.

FLORIDA, USA — Florida continues to deal with rising COVID-19 cases. This time around, the increase is being fueled by the more transmissible, yet seemingly less severe, omicron variant.

Hospitalizations

On Tuesday, the Florida Hospital Association reported that the total number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 reached 10,643.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that while hospitalizations are currently on the rise due to omicron, the number of people being admitted has not currently reached the level of the delta variant's summer surge.

Credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Cases

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Florida reported 33,032 new cases for Jan. 17. 

In total, the CDC says Florida has reported 5,041,918 cases since March 2020.

Deaths

According to data from the CDC, Florida did not report any new COVD-related deaths for Jan. 17.

Percent Positivity

The Florida Department of Health reports that between Jan. 7 and Jan. 13, the state's percent positivity for new COVID-19 cases was 29.3 percent. 

Despite the explosive rise in cases, doctors say the focus should be on hospital admissions. Dr. Anthony Fauci has said with omicron infections causing few or no symptoms, "it is much more relevant to focus on the hospitalizations as opposed to the total number of cases."

The main difference between this latest rise in cases and previous ones is the availability of COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. 

The CDC says vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, which helps to limit the spread of the virus and reduces hospitalizations and deaths.

People 5 and older are eligible to receive the two-dose Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, while a third booster dose is recommended for people 16 and older five months after receiving the second dose. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are authorized for people 18 up. A third dose of the Moderna vaccine is recommended for people 18 and older six months after the second dose.

Visit the Florida Department of Health's website to find a vaccine location near you.