BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — The Florida Hospital Association is debunking claims by COVID deniers who are spreading misinformation that Florida’s hospitals are empty and serene. Ventilator use, according to the FHA, is high — and holding steady.
The FHA Says that 14 percent of patients currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida are on ventilators. The association says 14,787 people were hospitalized at the time of the report, which suggests that 2070 people are using ventilators. The FHA says the ventilator count is holding steady from a week before.
Hospitals are packed, according to the association, and employees are overworked as facilities are understaffed.
“As our hospitals provide complex care to ever increasing numbers of COVID patients and with unusually high numbers of very ill non-COVID patients, our front line health care heroes are finding themselves stretched thin and physical and mental exhaustion is taking its toll. This new delta variant is extremely infectious and leading to 25 and 35 year olds hospitalized for COVID,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association.
Mayhew said it’s imperative for those eligible to get vaccinated.
“Getting vaccinated can save your life. Don’t risk it. Get the vaccine.”
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