More than 50 hospitals in Florida have no ICU beds

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2020

The death rate from COVID-19 rose almost 19% in the last week from the week prior, bringing the state's death toll to more than 3,800.

The are 17,167 Floridians in hospital being treated for the highly contagious virus, the state's Department of Health unveiled on Thursday afternoon.

On Wednesday, 43 ICUs throughout 21 Florida counties hit capacity due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the biggest surges coming from Miami-Dade, Broward, Orange and Hillsborough.

Following an alarming rise in cases, the previously so-called "fly over state" Arizona reported on Monday that 88 per cent of its ICU beds were occupied and it had a statewide shortage of ICU nurses.

Late last week, we reported on a troubling trend taking place in Texas as hundreds of children and staff members at daycare centers across the state had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

On Wednesday, Florida reported almost 10,000 new cases.

Miami-Dade's positivity rate is 26.2 % - somewhat higher than the state's average of 18.3 %.

'We spent months saying that there have been certain items that were crucial, and that included take out restaurants, it included Walmart, it included Home Depot, ' he stated during a press conference in Jacksonville Thursday.

The COVID-19 pandemic is continuing to worsen in 40 states across America.

Texas, meanwhile, saw its highest single-day number of new cases, with more than 10,000 new cases reported on Tuesday, while Georgia became the ninth state to pass 100,000 reported cases overall.

As of Tuesday, more than 3,000 people were hospitalised for the coronavirus in the region, including almost 800 in intensive care, the Texas Tribune reported.

Figure wellI think part of it is texas opened up a little bit earlier than we did so they had a few weeks advanced opening folks spreading than we did by about two weeks I believe so they've got a head start on us and they were far less vigilant some of our cities were especially in south florida in requiring social distancing and masking then we so we were we had more time than they did to protect ourselves and in south florida in particular I think we did a better job of local level mandating social distancing protections than they did in texas. ICU beds in Florida are filling up as COVID-19 cases continue to climb across the state.

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