As DeSantis Battles Biden Over Monoclonal Approval, Florida’s Death Count Rises. Why Not Focus On Prevention?
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2022 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — While Florida Governor Ron DeSantis continues to complain over the Biden Administration’s decision to rescind approval for monoclonal antibody treatments — instead of just encouraging people to just get a shot — another 61 people died in a Florida hospital Monday from COVID-19.
The logic remains befuddling. Instead of urging people to prevent COVID in the first place, Florida’s Governor is battling President Biden over unproven Omicron treatment to be given after someone gets sick.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services says 1,546 adults and 60 children under age 18 were admitted to a Florida hospital on Monday for COVID-19 treatment. There are now 11,105 beds in use for COVID-19 patients.
The number of new cases recorded in Florida on Sunday — the most recent data — is 36,099. It’s a dramatic drop bringing the seven-day moving average to 32,603. However, we note that there is continued reporting that Florida is under-counting cases, and we also note that home tests are more widely available. Home tests are not counted in official reports. Regardless, the number of new infections is showing a downward trend, suggesting the Omicron wave is finally dissipating.
In Palm Beach County, the testing positivity rate is holding steady at 25.99 percent. That is still extremely high, but lower than the recent 37 percent recorded earlier this month. The CDC says 604 people have been admitted to a Palm Beach County Hospital for COVID care over the past seven days, and that 15,075 new cases have officially been recorded over the same time period.
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