Florida to discuss reopening bars, despite staggering positivity rate

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Hospitalizations related to Covid-19 in Florida have increased 79% since July 4, according to data obtained from the National Agency for the Administration of Health Care (AHCA).

As of July 4, the state registered 5,022 patients with Covid-19 in Florida, according to AHCA data. On Saturday, the AHCA reported 8,974 Covid-19 patients in hospital, a 79% increase since Independence Day.

Saturday’s figure reflects a decrease of 241 patients since Friday, when the number of patients in hospitals on Friday was 9,215, according to AHCA data.

According to AHCA, the agency began collecting data on July 4; but had not made public the hospitalization data until July 10.

Health system under strain: Fifty hospitals in Florida have reached intensive care unit capacity and show no intensive care beds available, according to AHCA data.

Eight of the full capacity hospitals are in Miami-Dade County and six of them are in Broward County, according to AHCA data.

According to the AHCA, 42 other hospitals have 10% or less intensive care capacity.

To note: Florida hospitalization data only includes patients for whom Covid-19 is the primary reason for admission and care, according to the AHCA.

Therefore, patients who are already in the hospital for other procedures and who have tested positive for the coronavirus are excluded from the state total.

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