Omicron variant found in Florida, doctors say

The omicron variant has now reached Florida.

The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa confirmed its first case of the new strain that has now reached 20 states.

In a statement, the hospital said: “The patient is experiencing mild symptoms and had recently returned from international travel. Our providers were able to quickly detect, test, confirm and add this data to our developing understanding of this strain.”

COVID-19 cases are surging across the United States, up 27% in the last week, though Florida has reported a consistent number of infections over recent weeks.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has made it clear that Florida will not be taking extensive measures or adding any mandates, despite any new variants or potential surges.

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