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What is the new COVID-19 variant BA.2, and will it cause another wave of infections in the US?
BA.2 is the latest subvariant of omicron, the dominant strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19. While the origin of BA.2 is still unclear, it has quickly become the dominant strain in many countries, including India, Denmark and South Africa.
Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County Health Director, returns from administrative leave
Dr. Raul Pino, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, has been reinstated from administrative leave by the Florida Department of Health.
AdventHealth shares decrease of COVID hospitalizations, warns Omicron's transmissibility still high
AdventHealth shares data on COVID patient numbers, including patients receiving ICU-level care, as well as updates on masks, test, monoclonal antibody treatment and more.

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What is the best mask for COVID-19?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has changed its guidelines about masks and respirators a number of times over the past two years and gave its most recent update on Jan. 14, 2022.
AdventHealth: COVID-19 hospitalizations decreasing
The figures represent a downturn from Omicron’s peak in Central Florida during the week of Jan. 17 of more than 1,100 inpatients with COVID-19 in the health care system’s Central Florida Division.
Florida nursing home residents, healthcare staff are getting boosters
Florida nursing home staff with completed vaccinations (no booster) increased 10 percent since the last report, from 63 percent to 73 percent.
Orange County Health Department director placed on administrative leave
Dr. Raul Pino, the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Orange County, has been placed on administrative leave by the Florida Department of Health while it investigates an email Pino sent to employees about the department's low percentage of staff that is vaccinated for COVID-19.
Florida using mostly Regeneron for monoclonal treatment, but it’s questionable when it comes to omicron
The NIH issued its latest guidance on effective treatments against the more transmissible omicron variant, including an antibody treatment called Sotrovimab and other treatments such as Remdesivir.
AdventHealth reports 910 patients in hospitals with COVID-19; 120 in ICU
The health care system is prepared for the increase, which so far remains lower than during the Delta surge, which peaked in August with about 1,700 hospitalized patients.
Some COVID-19 cases are mild, but this “is not the common cold,” cautions AdventHealth epidemiologist
About 630 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout AdventHealth’s Central Florida hospitals, an increase that underscores the continued severity of the virus in many people in the …
Florida to unveil new COVID-19 testing guidance: ‘And if you have no symptoms, please don’t get tested’
At a Tuesday press conference, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo argued against federal health authorities’ testing guidelines for COVID-19, even as COVID cases rise.
Orange County utilities detects historic increase in coronavirus remnants
Data from Orange County Utilities shows that the Omicron variant, first detected in the county in early December, has rapidly become the most dominant version of the virus.
COVID positive cases increasing, AdventHealth shares updates and advice
AdventHealth Central Florida shared on Wednesday, December 29, that the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 increased Tuesday to about 240 in AdventHealth’s hospitals across seven …
Orange County updates: COVID testing, rolling positivity rate, emergency rental assistance
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings shared today updates on COVID-19 stats, tests available and testing sites, emergency funds still available to help tenants, and more.
‘It is difficult to predict’: 20,000 new COVID cases reported in FL as holidays near
As families get together for holiday festivities, New Year’s celebrations, and other wintertime gatherings, how will omicron affect Florida?
Newest COVID-19 variant likely spreading as positivity rate at AdventHealth Centra Care triples
AdventHealth's Centra Care positivity rate has proven to be a predictor of an increase in hospitalized cases during previous surges.
Monitoring COVID: Wastewater Surveillance is an Effective Method
Orange County continues to remain diligent as it monitors for upticks and downswings in COVID-19 rates, including any of the virus’s new variants. Since May 2021, the County has been actively …
New omicron variant found in at least 25 states; Florida could see more cases soon
A spokesperson from the Florida Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed two cases of the World Health Organization-designated “variant of concern” in Florida. More expected to come.