Strange Days Indeed, As Daily Deaths Dropping Below 200 Is Cause For Celebration.
BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — You know we are living in a strange time when the daily death count from COVID-19 dropping below 200 is reason for celebration. But times are strange and some are celebrating the latest report from the United States Department of Health and Human Services revealing that 194 people died in a Florida hospital or medical facility on Monday from COVID-19.
That’s the first time the daily death count has dropped below 200 in months.
The seven day total number of COVID-19 deaths in Florida medical facilities is now 1,642, for a daily average of 234.5 over the past seven days.
To be clear: 194 dying on Monday is not a good thing, but does represent either a slightly lessening COVID crisis in Florida, or a decreasing number of vulnerable people left to die.
In other COVID-19 statistics, the HHS reports 10,873 adults are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida, while 233 children — under age 18 — are hospitalized for COVID-19.
There are currently 2,743 adults in a Florida ICU for COVID-19 care out of 6,024 adults in an ICU for any reason. That represents 45 percent — also a decrease over recent weeks.
In Palm Beach County, 589 adults and eight children under age 18 are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 care. Of those in a hospital, 288 are NOT fully vaccinated while 102 are fully vaccinated. There is no statistical information regarding the remaining patients.
For the first time in weeks, there are open beds across the board. 148 hospital beds are available in Palm Beach County, 23 ICU beds are available, and 14 pediatric ICU beds are available countywide. These are certainly not huge numbers, but most metrics have been in a deficit — meaning hospitals were using makeshift space — for weeks.
Of 546 ventilators in Palm Beach County, 124 are currently being used by COVID-19 patients, 129 are being used by other patients, and 293 are available.
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