- Florida’s frequent daily COVID-19 infections rose another 11% a week ago — the 10th consecutive week that infections have risen. Hospital admissions increased another 21% in the same seven-day interval from May 21-27. That means 10 counties, home to nearly half of the state’s 22 million residents, have “high” group ranges of COVID-19, based mostly on federal suggestions. The Disease Management and Prevention Facilities recommend that residents wear masks in indoor public spaces in Alachua, Broward, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Palm Seaside, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.
- The CDC classified Tampa Bay and South Florida as an “excessive” danger zone Thursday — each week after it was revealed those counties had already reached that stage. As of May 19, due to an information error, eight Florida counties that CDC suggested should be at “high” risk from COVID-19 have been listed as “moderate” at risk on the company’s website. The CDC initially confirmed that four South Florida counties were mislabeled online in a footnote at the bottom of the website, the Miami Herald reported. The Tampa Bay Times reported May 23 that Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties were also misreported.
- The White House announced Thursday that the antiviral drug Paxlovid may soon be available on COVID-19 testing sites across the United States. However, there’s an even bigger downside: Federal agencies can’t monitor what dosages were shipped in and how many people used the drug, based primarily on Kaiser Health information. Paxlovid isn’t the only drug facing supply chain issues. The preventive antiviral Evusheld has been so poorly rationed that it’s almost out of reach in some states, while doses languish on pharmacy cupboards in others, Marketplace reported.
Associated: How the CDC’s Tampa Bay and Florida COVID alert system is failing
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66,881: A variety of situations reported in Florida over the past week, May 21-27.
9,544: Common situations per day during this seven-day interval, an 11% improvement over the first week.
6,125,115: A whole series of situations recorded in Florida.
137: multitude of deaths reported a week ago.
74,466: Whole pandemic deaths in Florida.
Associated: Is this the tallest of Tampa Bay’s public COVID testing sites?
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48,433: Vaccinations (first or second dose) given before the week, 15% more than the earlier week.
80%: Whole Florida residents who are at least partially vaccinated.
67%: Fully vaccinated Florida residents.
78%: Whole US citizens who are at least partially vaccinated.
67%: Whole US citizens who are fully vaccinated.
37,142: Booster doses administered in Florida in the last week, up 16% from the previous week.
27%: Whole Florida residents increased.
31%: Whole US population being increased.
Associated: Tampa Bay has “excessive” COVID areas, masks are advisable indoors
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18.3%: Florida, compared to 16.9% the previous week.
17.5%: citrus fruits
Associated: The dominant coronavirus mutant used to contain the spirit of the pandemic
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2,027: Florida hospitalizations, a 21% improvement over the previous week.
560: Tampa Bay admissions, a 24% increase over the previous week.
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Tampa Bay: The Occasions can make it easier to find free, public COVID-19 testing sites throughout the Bay Area.
Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing websites across the state. Some information is also out of date.
The USA: The Division of Health and Human Companies has a website where you can find a testing website.
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Here’s how you can get vaccinated
The COVID-19 vaccine for children 5 years and older and booster pictures for eligible recipients will be administered at the workplaces of doctors, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination websites. Many allow appointments to be booked online. Here’s the right strategy for finding a site near you:
Find a website: Go to vaccines.gov to search for vaccination websites in your zip code.
Additional Help: List the nationwide COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline.
Phone: 800-232-0233. Help is available in the market in English, Spanish and many other languages.
Incapacity Information and Input Line: Name 888-677-1199 or email [email protected]
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