Two States See An Unprecedented Surge In New COVID Cases

Both New York and Florida have recorded their highest-ever single-day total of new COVID-19 cases in the last several days as new cases spike across the United States.

New York set a record of 85,476 cases on Saturday, breaking the state's record which was set only days earlier.

Florida recorded 75,900 cases on Dec. 31, marking the fourth time in one week that Florida has broken its own record, raising the 7-day average to 42,600 which is twice as high as this past summer’s surge attributed to the delta variant.

Florida generally reports numbers on a Friday, however daily numbers are sent to the CDC, which is where the new numbers came from. The Florida Department of Health is closed through the New Year’s holiday weekend, meaning new numbers will not be available until the following week, WFLA reported.

The new surge has been driven by the omicron variant as it has been in most parts of the country, resulting in an imperative need for testing. Florida residents have formed long lines in many areas, where excessive wait times have resulted in at least three people collapsing while standing in line.

Three people waiting at the Al Lopez Park testing site collapsed Friday, requiring immediate medical attention.

Temporary testing sites have been set up in the meantime to help with the increased need.

New Jersey, California, and Texas have also seen surges in COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant.

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