Premier Medical Laboratory Services released a statement Friday afternoon confirming the existence of a new mutation in omicron. The laboratory did not immediately give any further information on the infected individuals.
Helix Laboratories confirmed the existence of two cases in Florida earlier this week. According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel Tuesday, two people, a woman aged 69 and a managed 32, were affected by the mutation.
It is more difficult to detect the sublineage, scientifically known as BA.2, using PCR tests than the omicron variant B.1.1.529.
As omicron retreats, the death toll continues to rise
A surge in deaths is expected as the main omicron waves recede statewide. Florida officials reported Friday that 1,324 COVID-19 deaths were added since Jan. 28.
According to Friday’s state Health Department, Florida’s COVID-19 death rate stands at 66 279 residents. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, this includes at least 4,651 residents of Palm Beach County. In June, state health officials stopped publishing county deaths and fatalities for nonresidents who had tested positive.
This week, almost 132,000 infections were discovered
Florida saw 131,699 new infection cases this week. This is still a lot more than the November total of 10,000.
Since the outbreak, at least 5,610,370 COVIDs have been reported in the state, with 353,799 being in Palm Beach County.
Over 1,000,000 Florida’s were able to visit Florida in the last four weeks.
Many infections are missed in official caseload counts due to a shortage of public tests and an increase in at-home testing. Health officials may not receive home tests results.
Only 18% of COVID-19 test results statewide were positive, down from 31% four weeks ago. However, it is still much higher than the sub-3% levels that were recorded before Florida was engulfed by the omicron.
The Palm Beach County testing for positivity fell to 15.1% from 34%.
In the meantime, COVID-hospitalizations continue to plummet statewide since mid-January highs just as quickly as they surged.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department reported that 7,729 patients with COVID were treated by medical staff on Friday. This is a decrease of more than 11,000 since Jan. 12-20.
1272 people with deadly respiratory diseases remained in intensive care units despite being down by more than 1,600 from last month.
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