Those who need help in the hospital are sicker and closer to death.
50,811 dead in Florida from COVID-19 as the government continues to fight against mask warrants and restrictions.
Palm Beach County hospitals are overcapacity again.
BY: COVID OFFICE | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) – As hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Florida continue to decline, those in need of hospital help apparently need more critical care than ‘previously.
The Florida Hospital Association reported on Thursday an increase in the number of patients requiring ventilators to breathe. The FHA made the announcement as the CDC confirmed that 50,811 people have now died from COVID-19 in Florida as Governor Ron DeSantis continues to fight mask warrants and other COVID restrictions.
For months, the FHA reported a nearly stable ventilator statistic – 18% of all COVID hospital patients needed a ventilator. But as fewer Floridians now have to be hospitalized, those who do are increasingly in need of truly life-saving measures.
As of Thursday, 20.3 of all hospitalized COVID-19 patients required a ventilator. That’s a 2.4% increase in just one week.
Statewide, the FHA says 9,917 people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. This represents a decrease of 19% over one week. Over 14 days, the decrease is 31.5%.
Our state has seen an almost one-third reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past two weeks, today marking the first time since July 30 that COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida have been lower to 10,000, “said Mary C. Mayhew, president. and CEO, Florida Hospital Association.
“While the state is clearly on the right track, it’s worth noting that we still have about the same number of people hospitalized today as at the height of the outbreak last year. Getting vaccinated and receiving treatment with monoclonal antibodies for those who test positive remains the best protection against serious illness and possible hospitalization. ”
In Palm Beach County, 484 adults and 11 children under the age of 18 are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. 250 of people hospitalized for COVID are NOT vaccinated, 54 are fully vaccinated. There are no statistics for the rest.
Of the total 555 ventilators available in the county, 99 are now used for COVID patients while 129 are used by others. 327 are available.
Palm Beach County hospitals have returned to a bed deficit. Of 2,951 official beds, 2,974 are used. This means that hospitals are once again using makeshift spaces to treat patients.
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