JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Many people are gearing up for the holiday season, and as travel is expected to increase late next week, about 20 states across the country are seeing an upward trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases.
With more than 60% of people ages 12 and older in Jacksonville being vaccinated, cases remain low. Hospitals, such as Baptist Medical Center and UF Health Jacksonville, say the numbers remain well below — the lowest they’ve seen in seven months.
There were 22 COVID patients at Baptist Hospital on Friday, and of that number, five were at Wolfson Children Hospital
At UF Health Jacksonville, 10 people are said to have been hospitalized with COVID. Ascension St. Vincent’s said nine people with the virus had been hospitalized.
Health experts say the numbers are encouraging. News4Jax asked Dr. Mohammed Reza, an expert on infectious diseases, whether the numbers give us an indication of what lies ahead, or whether there is cause for concern because of the surge reported in other parts of the country.
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“I hope not, but if the last two years tell us anything, this virus seems to be popping up at different times in different parts of the country,” Reza said. “We don’t know exactly why that happens.”
Reza and other medical experts say vaccinations are key, and now that kids are getting the shot, he hopes that will help. But he says that even with the slow transmission rate around Jacksonville, it would be ideal for those not vaccinated to do so.
Doctors also say – don’t forget the booster shots. Reports show that only 1/3 of all seniors eligible nationwide have received the booster.
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