Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations – .

Florida breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations – .

ORLANDO, FLA. – A day after recording the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for ongoing hospitalizations set more than a year ago before vaccines were available.

The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to data released to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The previous record was July 23, 2020, more than six months before vaccinations began to become widespread, when Florida had 10,170 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Hospital Association.

Florida now leads the country in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19, as state hospitals say they need to place emergency room visitors in hallway beds and others document a notable decrease in the age of patients.

Florida averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations per day and 35 child hospitalizations per day over the past week. Both are the highest per capita rate in the country, according to Jason Salemi, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida.

The hospitalizations and the increase in cases have come as the new, more transmissible delta variant has spread throughout Florida and residents resumed their pre-pandemic activities.

“The recent increase is both striking and not at all surprising,” Salemi said in an email late Saturday.

Federal health data released on Saturday showed Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The latest figures were recorded on Friday and posted on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on Saturday. The numbers show how quickly the number of cases is increasing in the Sunshine State: Just a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new cases daily.

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and with the state legislature, has limited the ability of local officials to impose restrictions intended to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis on Friday banned school districts from forcing students to wear masks when school resumes next month.

Florida Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is seeking to run against DeSantis for governor, urged unvaccinated Floridians to get vaccinated on Sunday. She said she was encouraged by a recent increase in vaccinations in the state.

“We are already late and worse off every time the numbers come out,” Fried said at a press conference in Tallahassee. “This push is and will have an impact on all of us. “

All over Florida, from Jacksonville to Miami to Tampa, hospitals are overwhelmed.

Barry Burton, the Pinellas County administrator, told the Tampa Bay Times that some local hospitals are already having to divert ambulances to different locations due to capacity issues.

There has been a surprising increase in the number of children infected with the virus in Miami hospitals, many of them in need of intensive care.

Memorial Health’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood has received seven patients with COVID-19. At the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami on Friday there were 17 patients with COVID-19, including six in intensive care and one who needed a ventilator, said Dr Marcos Mestre, vice president and doctor. -Head, at the Miami Herald.

About half of the patients were under 12, Mestre said, and the rest were older and eligible for the vaccine. But none of the COVID-19 patients at Nicklaus Children’s Friday were vaccinated. Most children who contract COVID-19 do not need to be hospitalized, Mestre said.

In the state capital, hospitalizations related to COVID-19 reached 70 patients on Sunday at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, a jump of 11 people in two days.

“It’s the most we’ve ever had,” hospital spokeswoman Stephanie Derzypolski told Tallahassee Democrat.

Jacksonville’s Mayo Clinic has said it has exceeded its capacity of 304 authorized beds due to COVID-19 cases and has asked the Agency for Healthcare Administration for permission to operate the overcapacity until the current outbreak is over, First Coast News reported in Jacksonville on Sunday.

At the emergency room at UF Health North Hospital in Jacksonville, COVID-19 patients were once again placed in beds in the hallways due to an increase in visits.

For many hospital workers, until a month ago, it seemed like there was light at the end of the tunnel, as people got vaccinated and hospital admissions dwindled. But then the summer push, fueled by the new delta variant, hit Florida in July.

“That light turned out to be a train in this case,” Marsha Tittle, nursing manager at UF Health North, told the Florida Times Union. “We are taking more patients than we would normally take. … My staff are wonderful. You go out, they are going to have a smile on their face and they are doing a great job. But there is a feeling of defeat, as if they were just defeated. “


This story has been corrected to reflect hospitalizations that exceeded the 10,000 person threshold, not the 1,000 person threshold.


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