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POLK HEALTH OFFICIALS URGE EXTREME CAUTION ENTERING THE NEW YEAR DUE TO ALARMING INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES

By Pamela Acosta-Torres

December 29, 2021

Contact:
Pamela Acosta-Torres, Public Information Officer
(863) 370-0953
Pamela.AcostaTorres@flhealth.gov

 

COVID-19 cases in Polk County have continued to increase during the 4th wave. Omicron has officially been detected in Polk County. Up until now we have suspected the presence of Omicron in Polk but now it is confirmed.

Around 58.3% of recent cases have been in the 15–44-year-old age group. During the New Year weekend, we urge the public to take extreme precautions for their safety and that of their loved ones.

As a community we know how to handle surges. This is our fourth one. We urge the public to take the known precautions. Several preventative measures you can use to reduce your risk and that of your family include:

  • If you have symptoms stay home
  • Get vaccinated including your booster shot
  • Avoid large gatherings, if you do choose to attend gatherings, wear a properly fitted mask
  • Social distance as much as possible

Vaccines and boosters are proving to be beneficial but even those who have been vaccinated should consider taking enhanced precautions.