Florida breaks record for single-day COVID-19 cases, SWFL sees restrictions put in place

FORT MYERS, Fla. Florida just reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases in a single day ever.

Nearly two years after the pandemic, the CDC reported 76,887 people tested positive on Thursday.

Given the way things are, the University of Florida predicts 80% of Floridians will experience COVID by the end of the Omicron wave.

Cheban Acharya said: “Covid spreads, really, like wildfire.

It was a growing wildfire.

Johanna Wilson said: “People have to be cautious.

It was that caution that led to a series of changes.

In Collier County, NCH Healthcare will be closing family waiting rooms beginning January 10, 2022, citing increased hospitalizations.

It’s not just the NCH that makes the change. Lee Health is suspending electives, plus Lee County students may be stuck at the bus stop for a little longer. COVID has crippled the county’s already thin driver pool.

“My bus drivers have to get to the high school before they pick me up,” said Sour Acharya, a fifth grader at Heights Elementary.

That means he’ll be home in 15-20 minutes.

“The bus drivers are leaving, the bus drivers are getting sick,” he said.

Lee County Schools has seen a significant increase in ride-hailing drivers due to the COVID surge. School leaders warned that the bus could be “very late.”

“It’s a very difficult situation,” said Cheban.

Pick-up in Cape Coral, along with yard waste and recycling in unincorporated Lee County, will also be delayed.

Leaders of both groups say COVID is leaving them short on drivers.

Perhaps the biggest precaution, however, Lee Health is suspending elective procedures that require an overnight stay.

Johanna Wilson says, “If you feel tired and overworked, that’s when you’ve made a mistake.

Although Lee Health’s hospital beds were 96 percent full on Friday, some people don’t see the decision as warranted.

“Personally, I think it’s fear,” Lee Welch said. “I think they should go ahead and run their hospital at peak capacity.”

While a complete shutdown is unlikely, this idea still comes to mind.

“It weighs on people’s minds because it affects people in the long run,” says Wilson. Florida breaks record for single-day COVID-19 cases, SWFL sees restrictions put in place

Emma Bowman

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