CORONAVIRUS: As Florida Infections Spike, We Say The “Hospital Availability” Argument Is Idiotic

OUR VIEW: To Suggest It’s Okay To Get Sick Because There’s A Place To Die Is Absurd

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — The Florida infection numbers keep rising and as they do, opponents of facial coverings or other COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines say the only thing that matters is whether there are beds in a hospital.

We say that’s idiotic — the equivalent of saying, “don’t worry about the guy with the gun, there are beds in the hospital when you get shot.”


We say that’s idiotic — the equivalent of saying, “don’t worry about the guy with the gun, there are beds in the hospital when you get shot.”


The goal should be reducing community spread, something that appears to be problematic in Florida and specifically in Palm Beach County — where County Commissioners are quickly pushing to reopen in a place known for its older population. A politically motivated push to move forward, without infection numbers to support that move, could wipe out communities like Kings Point and Century Village.


All it takes is a few selfish people on Atlantic Avenue cavorting without facial coverings, then a visit to Bubbie who visits her friends for contactless Canasta.


Game over.

But don’t worry. There are beds in a hospital.

The latest numbers revealed by the Florida Department of Health show 1,269 new cases of COVID-19 logged on Friday. The total in Florida is now 62,758. The death count in Florida is 2,688.

In Palm Beach County, where the “percent positive” statistic hit a recent high of 10.5-percent earlier this week, then dropped into the 4s, returned to 7.1-percent on Friday. The “percent positive” is an indicator of community spread.

There are now 7,074 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County with 370 deaths. At least 1,297 people in Palm Beach County have been hospitalized with COVID-19 related issues since monitoring began.

In Boca Raton, at least 690 people have tested positive for COVID-19. In Delray Beach it’s 542. In Boynton Beach it’s 703.


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