Florida reports 6,817 new COVID-19 cases as CDC says recent spike could be linked to variants

Nearly 3,500 variant cases confirmed in Florida

FILE - In this March 26, 2021, file photo, a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to a person at a vaccination site at a Salvation Army location in Philadelphia. More Black Americans say they are open to taking the coronavirus vaccine amid campaigns to overcome a shared historical distrust of science and government. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE - In this March 26, 2021, file photo, a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department administers the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to a person at a vaccination site at a Salvation Army location in Philadelphia. More Black Americans say they are open to taking the coronavirus vaccine amid campaigns to overcome a shared historical distrust of science and government. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

ORLANDO, Fla. – Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an update this week on the U.S. seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, saying it could be because more variants are spreading. In Florida, there have been nearly 3,500 COVID-19 variant cases confirmed.

Eligible Orange County residents who cannot easily receive a COVID-19 vaccine at a county site will soon be able to receive one in their homes.

Starting Sunday, a new program will bring homebound Orange County residents free vaccines to those at least 18 years old. Pre-registration is required to receive a call that will schedule an in-home appointment. Click here to register or for more information.

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The Orange County Department of Health is also offering a mobile vaccination clinic Monday that will run through Friday at Barber Park on Gatlin Avenue.

There will be limited walk-ups for the clinic from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., though the window could be shortened if crews administer the daily allotment of vaccines. For more information on this mobile vaccination clinic, click here.

In this week’s Florida’s Fourth Estate podcast, a pediatrician weighed in on vaccine safety when it comes to kids. Many parents have no qualms about getting a vaccine themselves, but say they aren’t as eager to sign their kids up for something that hasn’t been around very long. Right now, the only vaccine approved for kids younger than 18 is the one made by Pfizer.


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