Tampa hospital reports first patient with new variant of COVID-19


The Office of Veterans Affairs confirms that the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa is treating Florida’s first case of a patient with the omicron variant of the coronavirus. had recently returned from an international trip. Our providers were able to quickly detect, test, confirm and add this data to our growing understanding of this strain, ”spokesperson Kimberly Antos told WESH 2. It is not known if the patient has been vaccinated. news surfaced as Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference in neighboring Pinellas County, once again vowing not to allow this new strain to reignite debate over vaccine mandates and masks that were banned during the special session last month. they lock you up. We won’t let them restrict you. We are not going to let them impose warrants. We are not going to let them close the schools. We will protect your freedom. make your decisions, “DeSantis said at a press conference last month in Brandon, Fla. Obviously, the omicron variant has people going to the county’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing site. from Orange to Barnett Park concerned. Here the numbers are rising again. “The slight increase has been in getting tested and vaccinated. I think everyone is taking it very, very seriously and will be getting their shots or booster shots, “site manager Jessica Monterrey said. On November 15, the site processed 741 COVID-19 tests and 58 vaccinations. The site processed 741 COVID-19 tests and 58 vaccinations. number of tests was about the same on Monday, December 7, but the number of daily vaccinations increased sharply to 130. People we spoke with said the omicron variant prompted them to come out. “That is. actually why I’m here today, I think. Because J&J’s first shot isn’t as effective as the Pfizer or Moderna, so I decided I’d better get a booster, “Cindy Dulmage said. You don’t need a date. in Barnett Park for a vaccination or a test It is open seven days a week from 9 am to 4 pm with an emphasis on immunizing children on weekends.

The Office of Veterans Affairs confirms that the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa is treating the first case in Florida of a patient with the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

“We can confirm the detection of a case of the omicron variant. The patient has 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, “spokeswoman Kimberly Antos told WESH 2.

It is not known if the patient has been vaccinated.

The news surfaced as Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis held a press conference in neighboring Pinellas County, once again vowing not to allow this new strain to reignite debate over vaccine mandates and masks that were banned during the special session last month.

“We won’t let them lock you up. We won’t let them restrict you. We won’t let them impose warrants. We won’t let them shut down schools. We will protect your freedom to make your decisions,” DeSantis said at a press conference last month in Brandon, Florida.

Obviously, the omicron variant has people going to the affected Orange County COVID-19 vaccination and testing site in Barnett Park. Here the numbers are increasing again.

“The upside has been to get tested and get vaccinated. I think everyone takes it very, very seriously and will get their vaccines or booster shots,” said Jessica Monterrey, site manager.

On November 15, the site processed 741 COVID-19 tests and 58 vaccinations.

The number of tests was roughly the same on Monday, December 7, but the number of daily vaccinations rose sharply to 130.

People we spoke with said the omicron variant made them come out.

“That’s actually why I’m here today, I think. Because J & J’s first shot isn’t as effective as the Pfizer or the Moderna, so I decided I better take a booster, ”said Cindy Dulmage.

You do not need to come to Barnett Park for a vaccination or a test. It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and focuses on immunizing children on weekends.


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