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.
- On back of the SCOTUS ruling striking down the OSHA rule mandating vaccinations for employees working for private employers with 100 or more employees, Florida’s law pertaining to vaccine mandates is in force. This means private employers can’t mandate COVID-19 vaccinations without numerous opt-out options for employees. With the CMS mandate upheld, the mandate pertaining to Florida’s healthcare workers is in force if they work for organizations which accept Medicare or Medicaid. Approximately 84% of Florida’s healthcare service providers accept one or both.
- Better news on the virus front yesterday. Florida reported 54,994 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. That brought the weekly trend for daily cases down 63,892. It’s the second time in three days Florida’s trend for new cases have declined. This could be an indication that the peak of the omicron surge has occurred in Florida. The Mayo Clinic and USF researchers have pointed to this week as being the peak week and turning point during the surge. 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 11,597 patients, an increase of about 200 on Thursday. The total remains the highest since September, however reporting includes anyone hospitalized who has Covid – not those who are specifically hospitalized due to the virus.
- COVID-19 attributed deaths rose by 26 yesterday, now pacing 66 daily over the past week. That’s the highest trend since mid-November, though the peak of the delta surge brought over 400 daily deaths.