The omicron variant is now dramatically increasing hospitalization numbers in Florida
Anthony Masters receives a nasal swab as he is tested for COVID-19 at a site being run by Blue Med Consultants on Dec. 20, 2021 in Miami. - Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America/TNS

While COVID-19’s omicron variant pushes Florida to pandemic daily records in cases reported and has drive-thru testing lines snaking through parks and pharmacy parking lots, hospitalizations haven’t risen at the same rate — yet. Sunday’s report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said there were 2,302 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida. That’s 39 more people hospitalized than in Saturday’s report and from 245 hospitals, as opposed to the 246 hospitals in Saturday’s report. COVID-19 patients occupy 4.27% of patient beds in those reporting hospitals, compared to 4.18% ...