Order Requires Hospitals To Report Data That Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Blocked.
BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — Palm Beach County just mandated that all hospitals in the county report daily patient statistics. The mandate returns to public view a near real-time look at what’s happening inside the hospitals, a state practice that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis stopped in early summer.
The mandate starts on Monday. Palm Beach County will report that data on its website. News outlets, including BocaNewsNow.com, will provide the information as it is received.
Several hospitals in Palm Beach County are frequently at or near capacity as the COVID-19 situation worsens. The public data is expected to help citizens determine where to go and when if they need COVID or other medical care.
An official summary of the directive follows. The actual order is below as a PDF. If it does not appear, click here.
“As the number of COVID-19 cases increases in Palm Beach County, positivity and hospital occupancy rates also continue to rise. According to Florida Health, the increase in numbers is due to the highly contagious Delta variant.
The county has issued Emergency Directive 2021-A which requires hospitals to report to the county daily statistics of such key indicators as:
Total staffed hospital beds, current staffed inventory Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for adults and children, number of unused beds that can be converted to ICU beds, number of ventilators in hospital inventory, total census for all beds, number of ventilators in use for all patients, total COVID-19 positive patients currently admitted, total COVID-19 positive patients in ICU beds, total COVID-19 positive patients on a ventilator, COVID-19 positive patients admitted since the prior day’s reporting, COVID-19 positive patients discharged since the prior day’s reporting, total COVID-19 positive transfers in, total COVID-19 positive transfers out and, if available, the number of COVID-19 positive patients admitted who were fully vaccinated (two weeks post final dose), the number of COVID-19 positive patients admitted who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated (not yet two weeks post final dose) and current status of whether hospital is conducting elective surgeries.
The Emergency Directive takes effect on Monday, August 23, 2021 and remains in force until terminated or modified.”
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