MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It was another day of canceled flights and stranded travelers, largely due to the highly contagious omicron variant.
Delta, United, JetBlue and American Airlines have indicated that employees are sick with COVID-19.
Airlines have canceled hundreds of flights on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and more than 50 flights were canceled as of Monday.
“It was actually canceled while we were queuing to check in,” said tourist Tamera Robinson.
At Christmas, Florida broke its own record for the highest number of daily cases for which the record was set the day before, on Christmas Eve.
Los Angeles saw a 300% increase in new COVID cases last week, creating a huge demand for testing.
“I had a procedure that needed to be done, tested for COVID before my procedure and now they tell me they won’t do it again,” said Carmela Cicneros, who has been waiting to be tested for COVID-19 .
The nation’s top infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, admitted he was frustrated by the limited supply of COVID-19 testing.
“Obviously we have to do better. I think things will improve a lot as we move into January, but that’s not going to help us today and tomorrow,” Dr Fauci said.
Dr Fauci said data from around the world suggested that omicrons could cause less serious illness, but the high transmissibility of this variant could leave the nation’s hospitals unvaccinated.
Hospitals in Minnesota reported that happened.
Dr Andrea Rowland-Fisher of Hennepin Healthcare said: “Unfortunately, if we get a huge wave of COVID, there will come a time when we won’t have room to care for everyone.
In New York, the number of unvaccinated children hospitalized with COVID-19 has increased dramatically. About half are under 5 years old and not yet eligible to be vaccinated.
And on Monday, New York City’s new vaccine health order goes into effect.
Approximately 184,000 private sector businesses will need to verify proof of vaccination for their workers. There are health and religious exemptions.
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https://miami.cbslocal.com/2021/12/26/covid-more-flight-cancellations/ Airlines cite highly contagious Omicron COVID variant as reason for flight cancellations – CBS Miami