Jacksonville cases of delta variant reported as hospitals see surge in COVID-19 patients – .

Jacksonville cases of delta variant reported as hospitals see surge in COVID-19 patients – .

JACKSONVILLE, Floride – Jacksonville hospitals are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, with the number of patients in some facilities doubling in the past two weeks.

It comes as the Florida Department of Health in Duval County also said a case of the contagious delta variant was reported last week in Jacksonville. The health department told News4Jax on Wednesday that there was now more than one case of the delta variant in the city, but that number will be released later this week.

News4Jax spoke to Mala Armogan at a downtown lunch on Wednesday. She was vaccinated, but said she was taking it safe and continued to wear her mask.

“It’s because of this crowd. It’s a crowded area, ”Armogan said.

She said she was not surprised at the number of people without a mask.

“I think they’re following CDC rules,” she said, referring to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks.

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Chad Neilsen, director of accreditation and infection prevention at UF Health Jacksonville, said that even with this recommendation, people need to be careful, especially in Florida.

“We know 50% or less of Floridians are vaccinated, so when you walk into the grocery store and no one has a mask on, statistically it doesn’t make sense,” Neilsen said.

UF Health Jacksonville reported on Wednesday that there were 34 COVID-19 patients, including 18 in the intensive care unit, and 20 other suspected cases in the hospital. The Baptist health system reported 80 cases on Wednesday.

“My biggest concern is that our hospitalized COVID cases are on the rise, and they have been now for about two weeks,” Neilsen said.

The state of Florida no longer publishes daily statistics on cases and vaccinations. These figures are now published once a week.

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On June 1, the percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Duval County over those tested was less than 4% (3.36%). Last week, this percentage reached almost 7% (6.9%).

Now, with the July 4 weekend approaching, local health authorities are expecting an increase in the number of cases. Neilsen said it might not be as bad as a lot of the celebrations will take place outside, but there’s the delta variant to worry about.

“We know the Delta variant is spreading quickly across the United States and I’m sure here in Jacksonville as well. As we continue to have a low number of vaccinations in the region, this makes these people more likely to get the delta variant, ”said Neilsen.

This is why some people who have received the COVID-19 vaccine and continue to wear masks are urging others to do so.

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