COVID-19 cases increase in Collier County



Testing for COVID-19 is becoming the norm for Damian Cuadrado.

But he is not happy about that.

“I just want it to end,” Cuadrado said. “I thought that once I got vaccinated, it would become like that. And I don’t have to wear a mask anymore. And now it turns out it’s like something we might have to live with for the rest of our lives.”

The newest variant, omicron, is hitting the Collier Particle.

“As of this week, we have a positivity rate of 10.4% in Collier County. That’s a high rate of transmission,” said Kristine Hollingsworth, public information officer for the Department of Health in Collier County.

It brought more and more people to the Florida Department of Health’s Collier County Health Department’s crosswalk test site.

“We saw 280 people come to the test yesterday and we are continuing to see those numbers on a daily basis,” Hollingsworth said.

William and Cheryl Pe People’s decided to get checked out because they were tired.

“I usually don’t sleep well, anyway, but I slept like crazy,” says William Pe People’s.

At the NCH, Dr David Lindner, medical director of COVID-19, said the number of hospitalizations was not high.

“The emergency rooms are different,” says Lindner.

Lindner said emergency rooms have flooded but patients have not yet been hospitalized.

“Our biggest concern is the significant level of absenteeism due to illness,” he said. “So if employees get sick, hospitals and businesses across Southwest Florida will have a hard time maintaining their service levels.”

Lindner said he expects the omicron to move quickly, and it could take two weeks to see how the omicron will affect hospital admissions.

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