Central Florida COVID hospitalizations continue to rise, AdventHealth doctors say

ORLANDO, Fla. — AdventHealth doctors are urging those who haven’t received COVID-19 vaccines or boosters to get them, as hospitalizations in Central Florida continue to rise.


According to an update from AdventHealth Monday, there are 910 people in their hospitals across seven Central Florida counties. Approximately 120 of those are in intensive care.

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So far, the current surge remains lower than the Delta which peaked in August with approximately 1,700 hospitalizations.

Statewide, AdventHealth Centra Care’s COVID-19 positivity rate has reached 40 percent. Doctors attribute the increased rate to the omicron variant’s high transmissibility.

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Doctors say booster shots remain the best defense against the more contagious omicron. The unvaccinated are also encouraged to at least begin a vaccine series for some form of protection against the variant.

AdventHealth doctors recommend continued mask use indoors or when in close contact with others.

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They also ask that people avoid going to the Emergency Room just for a COVID-19 test, and instead seek a home test, a county-run testing site or an appointment at AdventHealth Centra Care.

The Florida Department of Health publishes a list of COVID testing sites located throughout the state here

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