There are long lines for coronavirus tests on New Year’s Eve


MIAMI GARDENS, Florida. – People continue to crowd test sites across South Florida, creating long lines.

The increase in cases also led to changes to the mask rules at Miami-Dade public schools and an important statement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on cruises.

“I think I’ve been here since 5:47 am,” said Paulette Wilson of Miami Gardens on Friday morning as she waited at home for a free COVID-19 test kit.

“Your life depends on it. Some people don’t want that, but I’m not one of them, ”added another resident, Tony Jackson.

Given the limited supply in the store, people like Jackson knew this was a good chance their hands on a test kit.

“The offer was tight. I knew there would be tons of them around here. I’ve been here since 5:30 this morning, ”he said.

The long lines of cars and people at the North Dade Regional Library speak for themselves.

And the spread of the Omicron variant makes people cautious on land and water.

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Jonathan Daniels, Port Everglades’ chief executive port director, said he was surprised to be following the latest CDC guidelines and urged people to avoid cruises whether or not they have been vaccinated.

“We don’t want (the) CDC to say not to cruise when you see how big part of the economy is,” he said.

Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases has increased among cruise ship passengers and crew members.

The CDC announced that the level of the COVID-19 Travel Health Advisor has been updated from Level 3 to Level 4 – the highest level.

This reflects the increase in cases on board cruise lines since the omicron variant was identified.

Travelers who boarded Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas on Thursday responded to the warning.

“So if you want to monitor the cruise ships that closely, you have to monitor everything else,” said Tina Mayer.

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