Coronavirus vaccinated Miami-Dade County Commissioner, who assisted other local officials in the Surfside area after the condo collapsed, reported that he and his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19.
Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman José “Pepe” Díaz announced Sunday night that he and Chief of Staff Isidoro López, who also received the COVID-19 vaccine, had symptoms similar to those of flu earlier in the day and then tested positive for the virus.
“Staff and others who have been in close contact with them will be screened between now and tomorrow,” the press release says. The statement also said that Díaz and López will isolate themselves and adhere to the centers for disease prevention and control.
Coronavirus Diaz had attended briefings and meetings with other officials in Surfside, the Miami Herald said. Miami Dade spokeswoman Rachel Johnson told the newspaper that COVID-19 testing will take place at the Surfside Command Center on Monday.
The search for the body continues from the southern wreckage of Champlain Towers in Surfside, where on Monday morning, Miami-Dade County, Daniella Levine Cava confirmed the death toll had reached 94 in last month’s accident. About 22 people are still missing.
“Breakthrough” infections – fully vaccinated people who contract the coronavirus – do occur, although they are very rare. An Associated Press analysis of government data in May showed that only about 1% of such cases resulted in hospitalization or death. The analysis suggested that nearly all of the COVID-19 deaths in the United States have occurred recently in people who have not been vaccinated.
Last week, Florida health authorities reported an increase in COVID-19 cases and a higher positive test rate compared to other recent weeks.