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COVID-19 cases spike all across Florida after Thanksgiving holiday

The Florida Department of Health reported 18,761 new cases in the past week following the recent Thanksgiving holiday. The highest percent spike has been reported here in Northeast Florida.

Both St. Johns and Nassau Counties have two of the highest new positivity rates in the state of Florida.

The numbers unlikely include people who tested themselves at home.

Data shown in the release showcases a notable increase since mid-September when the average amount of cases reported was between 10,000-12,000.

The most recent case positivity rate this week is reported at 11.4% with 34 deaths, and the previous week was at 8.9%.

Data from the Florida Department of Health showed over 7 million Floridians have completed their original vaccines and over 6 million have received their booster shots.

Other states such as California are considering reimposing indoor mask mandates due to a possible winter surge in places like Los Angeles County.

The CDC is encouraging areas with high-infection risks to mask indoors to prevent spread. Check your local community’s COVID-19 level HERE.

Health officials report that 7.5% of outpatient medical visits last week were due to flu-like illnesses. That is as high as the peak of the 2017-18 flu season and higher than any season since. Details for flu numbers in Florida can be found HERE.

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