Following the SCOTUS ruling striking down the OSHA rule mandating vaccinations for employees working for private employers with 100 or more employees, Florida’s law pertaining to vaccine mandates is in force. This means private employers can’t mandate COVID-19 vaccinations without numerous opt-out options for employees. Approximately 84% of Florida’s healthcare service providers accept one or both.
In better news on the virus front. Florida reported 54,994 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. It’s the second time in three days Florida’s trend for new cases decline. This could be an indication that the peak of the omicron surge has occurred in Florida. The Mayo Clinic and USF researchers have pointed to this week as being the peak week and turning point during the surge. South Florida remains the epicenter of the spread in the state. Miami-Dade has the highest population-adjusted case count followed by Broward with Palm Beach County 6th.
As for COVID-19 hospitalizations, they ticked higher totaling 11,597 patients. The total remains the highest since September, however reporting includes anyone hospitalized who has COVID, not those who are specifically hospitalized due to the virus.