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Palm Beach County COVID Hospital Count Under 300

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Concern That Drop May Give Way To Surge

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BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) (News App readers click here) — The number of people hospitalized for what the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration classifies as “a primarily diagnosis of COVID-19” has dropped below 300 for the first time in months.

As of late Saturday afternoon, the count is 269.

While the number is a very good sign, it comes with a catch. Public health professionals fear that another wave may be weeks away and could hit South Florida hard. It continues to be widely reported that Florida is home to the largest number of “variant” infections in the United States.

And contradicting the lower COVID count is an ICU count that continues to be high.

As of Saturday afternoon, West Boca Medical Center reports all of its ICU beds are in use — 20.

Delray Medical Center — the region’s trauma center — reports 39 ICU beds in use with just 7 available.

Wellington reports 28 ICU beds in use with none available.

Bethesda West reports 8 ICU beds in use with 2 available.

Boca Raton Regional Hospital reports 28 ICU beds in use with 13 available.

Statewide, 4,929 ICU beds are in use with 1,246 available. That includes COVID and non-COVID patients.

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