MIAMI, Floride – Across South Florida, there is again an increase in COVID-19 cases. Jackson Memorial Hospital revised its visiting guidelines on Monday, saying that starting at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, July 21, they are restricting visitors to their emergency department and hospital patient rooms. Ambulatory guests will be required to remain in the waiting room or lobby and only one “healthy” guest will be allowed, according to the latest guidelines.
[See Jackson Memorial’s COVID-19 revised visitation guidelines]
Dr Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University, said the vast majority of new cases, especially those who are hospitalized, are people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19. She said this is especially prevalent among 12 to 49 year olds.
“In terms of overall numbers, it’s the younger people who get it primarily, which is the part of the population that is under-vaccinated right now,” Marty said.
Despite this, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told Local 10 News on Monday that due to information provided by their experts and the availability of vaccines for ages 12 and older, students will not be required to wear masks.
“We are maintaining the position we announced a few weeks ago, which is the optional mask when we return to school,” Carvalho said.
South Florida is heading in the wrong direction in terms of COVID-19, experts say.
In fact, just last week, when the state reported the highest number of new cases in months, Miami-Dade reported more than 7,000 new cases – the highest number of any Florida counties for the week.
“In South Florida we’re seeing a resurgence, an increase in all of our hospitals with hospitalizations and deaths, unfortunately,” said Dr. Robert Goldszer, chief medical officer for Mt. Sinai Medical Center. “In all our hospitals, Mount Sinai, but all the other hospitals, there are about three times as many as a month ago and a resurgence of people in our intensive care units. “
Marty explains why. “As the cases increase, people start using their public health measures, which stops the spread, then they see ‘Oh, things are going down” – their behavior changes again and that leads to another recovery. . “
Goldszer said 95 to 99 percent of patients admitted to hospital are not vaccinated. “So almost everywhere we see unvaccinated patients. “
When asked if we should all wear masks again at this point, Marty reiterated that no public health measure is 100% effective, but the more of us who use them, the better we can be. safe and sooner we can get rid of the virus.
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