A total of 10,207 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Florida on Sunday, the highest number in the state a day after breaking its single-day record for new cases.
The Sunshine State is now the national leader in per capita hospitalizations for the virus after an average of 1,525 adult hospitalizations per day and 35 child hospitalizations per day over the past week, the Associated Press reported.
The previous record was set on July 23, 2020, over a year ago, when Florida reported 10,170 hospitalizations.
State hospitals were trying to deal with the overflow of patients.
The city’s Mayo Clinic was forced into overcapacity after exceeding its 304 authorized beds due to the influx of patients infected with the virus, according to First Coast News in Jacksonville. The University of Florida’s Health North Hospital in Jacksonville placed patients in the hallways.
Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare announced a one-day jump of 11 hospitalizations due to the coronavirus, bringing its total to 70.
“It’s the most we’ve ever had,” hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Derzypolski told Tallahassee Democrat.
Pinellas County Administrator Barry Burton told the Tampa Bay Times that some local hospitals are diverting ambulances to different locations due to overcrowding.