Florida News That Impacts You – January 13th, 2022
Bottom Line: Your daily recap of the some of the biggest news from around the state that impacts you in South Florida.
- The FDA has approved Florida’s request to authorize use of over a million Covid test kits which expired at year’s end. According to the manufacture of the tests, Abbott Diagnostics, the tests are viable for 15 months when stored at room temperature. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is running in the Democrat primary for governor, attempted to make political hay out of the tests having expired. Governor DeSantis responded by saying the state was asking for an extension to use the tests which it’s now received.
- Florida reported 71,742 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday which increased Florida’s weekly average for daily cases to a new pandemic high of 65,660. This comes a day after Florida’s weekly trend declined for the first time in nearly six weeks. South Florida remains the epicenter of the spread in the state. Miami-Dade has the highest population adjusted case count followed by Broward with Palm Beach County 6th.
- COVID-19 hospitalizations ticked higher totaling 11,386 patients an increase of about 250 on Wednesday. The total is the highest since September, however reporting includes anyone hospitalized who has Covid – not those who are hospitalized due to the virus.
- COVID-19 attributed deaths rose by one yesterday, pacing 40 daily over the past week. That’s fewer than a tenth of the Covid-attributed deaths which occurred during the peak of the omicron surge. Florida’s Covid death rate remains the 4th lowest nationally.
- The Florida Keys’ original 7-mile bridge completed by Henry Flager in 1912 is back online. After four and a half years and $44 million the restoration of the “Old Seven Mile Bridge” is complete. The bridge will reopen for pedestrians and bicyclists to use.