Florida Hospital Association Reports Very Slight In-Patient Downturn. But We’ve Seen This Before.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — It is a very small glimmer of good news — and it may be blown to bits tomorrow — but for now, there is a slight decrease in confirmed hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Florida.
The non-profit Florida Hospital Association says its survey of member hospitals, combined with data already reported from the United States Depatmetment of Health and Human Services, reveals a downturn in hospitalizations for COVID-19 by 387. That is a seven day drop of 3.9 percent .
“Fingers crossed, we may be seeing the beginning of a downward trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations, but new cases remain near all-time highs, so it is much too early to declare victory,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association. “We must remain vigilant, not let our guard down against the virus, and continue to encourage more people to get the vaccine. In the last week we have seen a 4 percent decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Hopefully better days are ahead.”
While the decline suggests reason for optimism, the COVID situation remains bad. At least 2,812 patients in Florida are so sick from COVID-19 that they are using ventilators to breathe.
In Palm Beach County, 111 COVID-19 patients were admitted for COVID-19 on Thursday, while 147 were discharged. Therre are now a total of 762 adults hospitalized for COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. The pediatric count, representing COVID patients under age 18, is 20.
Of everyone hospitalized in Palm Beach County, 139 are full vaccinated, while 599 are not.
Hospital capacity continues to be a problem in PBC. Out of 2825 official hospital beds, 3009 are in use — for a deficit of 184. That means hospitals have set up beds in spaces that are not traditionally used as rooms.
Of 331 ICU beds in Palm Beach County, 349 are in use. Again, space not traditionally used for ICU care is now being used for intensive care.
There are 50 pediatric ICU beds in Palm Beach County. Ten are currently in use.
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