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COVID-19 Hospital Count Rising In Palm Beach County

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Number Of Patients With Primary Diagnosis Of COVID-19 Highest In Months

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BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — There are at least 259 people hospitalized in Palm Beach County with the “primary diagnosis of COVID-19,” according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. The report is accurate as of 7:16 a.m. Monday, November 23rd, 2020.

The patient count is the highest seen in Palm Beach County in months. The number of COVID-19 patients was in the low 100s just weeks ago. It has steadily risen in November, with a significant jump of at least 20 over the past several days. The inpatient count does not include patients currently in an ER or other urgent care center — these are patients who are currently admitted in a Palm Beach County hospital with a primary diagnosis of COVID.

Palm Beach County trails neighboring Miami-Dade County (517 hospitalized) and Broward County (355 hospitalized). At least 3,611 people are currently hospitalized in Florida for COVID-19.

The available ICU bed count in Palm Beach County remains acceptable, with 35.41-percent of ICU beds open at area hospitals. Healthcare officials say anything under 25-percent availability is a problem.


Paul Saperstein


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