FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – As the contagious omicron variant takes over as the dominant strain, Florida reported 12,915 new COVID-19 cases to the CDC from Monday, the state’s biggest single-day increase since Sept. 11.
Over the past week, Florida is averaging 8,605 new cases per day, the CDC data shows, a significant spike after that number hovered below 2,000 from late October through early December.
Positivity rates were particularly high in South Florida, compared to the rest of the state.
The infections are still below the peak of the summer surge driven by the delta variant. In August, Florida was averaging over 21,000 new cases per day.
But infectious disease experts worry that this is the start of another seasonal surge, especially with many people traveling for the holidays this month.
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