Those Needing Hospital Help Are Sicker, Closer To Death.
50,811 Now Dead In Florida From COVID-19 As Gov. Continues To Fight Mask Mandates, Restrictions.
Palm Beach County Hospitals Again Over Capacity.
BY: COVID DESK | BocaNewsNow.com
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — While hospitalizations for COVID-19 in Florida continue to decline, those who are in need of hospital help are apparently needing more critical care than before.
The Florida Hospital Association Thursday reported a rise in the number of patients needing ventilators to breathe. The FHA made the announcement as the CDC confirmed that 50,811 have now died from COVID-19 in Florida as Governor Ron DeSantis continues to fight mask mandates and other COVID restrictions.
For months, the FHA has reported a near steady ventilator statistic — 18 percent of all patients hospitalized for COVID needed a ventilator. But as fewer Floridians now need to be hospitalized, those who do are increasingly in need of truly lifesaving measures.
As of Thursday, 20.3 of all hospitalized COVID-19 patients need a ventilator. That is an increase of 2.4 percent over just a week.
Statewide, the FHA says 9,917 people are currently hospitalized for COVID-19. That represents a decrease of 19 percent over a week. Over 14 days, the decrease is 31.5 percent.
“Our state has seen a nearly one-third reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last two weeks with today marking the first time since July 30 that COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida have stood below 10,000,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association.
“While the state is clearly on the right track, it should be noted that we still have roughly the same number of people hospitalized today as we did at the height of the surge last year. Getting vaccinated and receiving monoclonal antibody treatments for those who test positive remain the best protection against serious illness and possible hospitalization.”
In Palm Beach County, 484 adults and 11 children under age 18 are currently hospitalized for COVID-19. 250 of those hospitalized for COVID are NOT vaccinated, 54 are fully vaccinated. There are no statistics for the remaining.
Of 555 total ventilators available in the county, 99 are now in use for COVID patients while 129 are in use by others. 327 are available.
Hospitals in Palm Beach County have swung back to a bed deficit. Out of 2,951 official beds, 2974 are in use. That means hospitals are again using makeshift space to care for patients.
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