Florida COVID cases on the rise again
LEE COUNTY, Fla.– Coronavirus cases in Florida are beginning to climb once again.
Medical experts recommend getting vaccinated and continuing to practice precautions to stop the spread.
As of Thursday, 7,939 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state which is highest total in nearly two months.
Hospitalizations in the Southwest Florida area have also been trending upward, with 93 people currently being treated for COVID-19 in Lee Health Hospitals.
Marissa Levine, a professor with the University of South Florida, said more variants combined with relaxed precautions could be contributing to higher numbers.
“We’ve decreased the susceptibility significantly because we have had people who have had COVID and people who are vaccinated, but we still have millions of people who may not be protected at all,” Levine said.
Levine said younger people who may not be vaccinated are getting sick. Even though younger people are typically at a lower risk of dying from the disease, it doesn’t mean they can’t contract it.
She said when the vaccine supply was limited older individuals were prioritized but since there is now enough supply everyone should get vaccinated.