MIAMI (CBSMiami) – On Thursday, Broward Mayor Steve Geller said while the Covid numbers are dramatically improving and more people are getting vaccinated, he cautioned, “we are not out of the woods yet.”
“For people who think the epidemic is over we learned from the Memorial healthcare system that 50 people with Covid are on ventilators and there are five pediatric cases,” he says.READ MORE: Nikolas Cruz Pleads Guilty In BSO Jail Guard Attack
The mayor says according to the data system he uses there are 19.5 Covid cases per every 100,000 people in Broward. As of Wednesday, he says there are 380 newly diagnosed cases in Broward.
“That’s way better than the 140 which was 14 times out of control. Now we are only double the number considered out of control,” he says. “But it’s still double the number considered out of control,” he says.READ MORE: Attorney: School Gunman Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To Massacre; Parkland Families React
“I am cautioning people there are still people being hospitalized in Broward, there are still people on ventilators, and there are still people dying.”
“There are monoclonal antibody treatments still available at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines and at some hospitals. It is a useful treatment but should not be considered a substitute for vaccinations.”MORE NEWS: Parkland Survivor David Hogg On Potential Guilty Plea: 'It's Horrific That Our Community Has To Continue Going Through This'
When asked about upcoming holiday celebrations, Geller said, “I believe small family gatherings are the way to go however if you are fully vaccinated and vulnerable members of your family have gotten the booster I would feel comfortable having my family over indoors.”