With the threat from the omicron variant looming, the mayor of Miami-Dade County has reinstated an emergency order requiring hospitals to report the number of COVID-19 cases treated each day and bed availability. .
The order, issued in July as the delta variant swept through the region, was lifted by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava in November as the number of reported cases dropped dramatically.
The order, which went into effect on Friday, requires hospitals to report the number of vaccinations taken, how many patients are being treated in intensive care units and the number of ventilators available, the Miami Herald report.
Levine Cava said during a press conference Thursday at Tropical Park.
Levine Cava encourages everyone to get vaccinated and wear masks when in large gatherings or if traveling during the holiday season, and says you should hold holiday gatherings outside.
The mayor said the county will also provide vaccines to domestic residents and that mobile vaccination trucks will continue to reach underserved communities.
Florida’s most populous county recently reported 7% of tests performed positive for the virus, up from a 1% positive rate just 30 days ago. New numbers are expected on Friday.
Very few omicron cases have been reported in Florida, but the county’s communications director, Rachel Johnson, told Emissary Regular COVID tests of the county’s wastewater system have discovered the new variant.
Levine Cava first canceled the emergency order in May, but reinstated it in July when the delta variant swept across Florida.
The state reported 4,127 new COVID-19 cases to the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday, marking the most reported cases in a single day since October 1.
COVID-19 has killed about 800,000 people in the United States as of March 2020, with more than 62,000 deaths in Florida.
https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/miami-dade-hospitals-ordered-to-report-daily-covid-numbers/2642825/ Miami-Dade hospitals ordered to report daily COVID numbers – NBC 6 South Florida