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Will Florida see a winter surge in COVID-19 cases?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. The fight against COVID-19 is far from over.

“We’re still seeing about 4 to 5 times as many cases as we were in June,” says Dr. Richina Bicette-McCain and Associate Medical Director of Baylor College of Medicine.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of cases has risen in the past week in 19 states, and 11 states are also seeing an increase in hospitalizations.

While local hospitals like Baptist Medical Center and UF Health report seven-month lowest numbers, infectious disease specialist Dr. Mohammed Reza that we are not clear.

“If the last two years tell us anything, this virus seems to be coming in large quantities, it’s different times in different parts of the country,” said Dr. Reza.

According to AAA, more than 53 million people will travel to see family and friends for Thanksgiving. Health experts are urging everyone to follow safety protocols and get vaccinated if they qualify.

“If you have to travel make sure you wear a mask, a well fitting surgical mask or a KN-95 are the best options, especially if you are around people whose vaccination status you don’t know,” dr. Bicette McCain

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Holiday trips and gatherings can lead to a spike in coronavirus cases.

Health experts encourage those who are eligible to get vaccinated, including children ages 5 to 11.

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