The omicron COVID variant has ushered a quick response from lawmakers across the country. President Joe Biden (D) responded by halting travel from African countries, a move which has received criticism after President Biden directed verbal jabs at President Donald Trump (R) over similar actions.
As the world braces to deal with the new variant, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava issued a statement, assuring that Miami-Dade County will move forward to combat the omicron variant “in the fight against this pandemic.”
“This morning I was briefed by our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Peter Paige about Omicron, and alongside Dr. Paige and our medical experts we are closely tracking the latest data and information available,” Levine Cave expressed yesterday, reflecting on the fact that the county has “come so far in the fight against this pandemic by following the data and science.”
Much like President Biden has addressed, Levine Cava argued that “getting vaccinated is still the single most important action we can all take to protect ourselves and our loved ones against variants including Omicron, particularly as we head into the holiday season.” She also reminded residents that “if you’re 18 years or older and got fully vaccinated before June 1, you are also eligible to get the booster.”
In terms of the steps Levine Cava suggests that people take in order to combat the pandemic, she suggested people “get vaccinated, get the booster, get tested if you’ve been exposed or have symptoms, and mask up in crowded public settings or around those you don’t know to be vaccinated.”
In short, the mayor shared that we are “lucky to live in South Florida” because people can gather outdoors, and she asserted that “Miami-Dade has come too far, and we have made too much progress to go back.”
The comments come as the state of Florida reports the lowest daily COVID-19 cases per capital.