Florida set its daily COVID-19 case record Wednesday, recording nearly 47,000 new infections as the omicron variant surges in the days after the holidays, according to the latest data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The 46,923 cases recorded for Tuesday pushed Florida’s total to 4,012,152 since the pandemic began. Tuesday's total is the highest reported by the state since the start of the pandemic in March 2020.
Florida previously broke the record just a few days ago, on Christmas Eve, with 32,874 cases. The state's death toll stands at 62,390.
Cases in the state have risen sharply since the rise of the omicron variant during the holidays.
Researchers have said that while the lines to get a COVID-19 test in South Florida are dramatic and show the desire for as much testing as possible, in the big picture, the number of cases is not as important as who goes to the hospital.
The Florida Hospital Association recorded more than 3,400 hospitalizations on Wednesday — but that total is nowhere near the peak of 17,000 hospitalizations during the summer delta wave.
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