The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 continues to increase, according to a report released by AdventHealth. On Monday, there were about 910 in its hospitals across seven Central Florida counties. About 120 of those are receiving ICU-level care.
The health care system is prepared for the increase, which so far remains lower than during the Delta surge, which peaked in August with about 1,700 hospitalized patients.
AdventHealth Centra Care’s statewide seven-day rolling positivity rate is now 40%, representing the high transmissibility of the Omicron variant throughout the community.
Physicians say the community’s best defense against Omicron, which is more contagious than previous strains even among those who are vaccinated, is for those who haven’t received COVID-19 booster shots, to get them.
Those who have not begun their primary vaccine series will still benefit from doing so and will receive protection from the variant.
Physicians continue to recommend people wear masks in crowded indoor spaces or when in close contact with others. This includes students as they resume classes after the holiday break. Social distancing and good hygiene practices are also recommended to help cut down on community spread of the virus.
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