Florida health officials shared data on Tuesday that the state’s 54 hospitals have reached their maximum capacity in intensive care units (ICUs),media BGR reported. As of July 7, 83% of Florida’s 6,010 ICU beds were occupied. Florida Gov. Ron Desantis told the state that if you’re sick, it’s safe to go to the hospital, but it won’t be long before there’s probably no ICU bed.
Fifty-four hospitals in 25 of Florida’s 67 counties are full, according to data released Tuesday by the Florida Department of Health And Human Services. Another 30 hospitals reported that their USE of ICU beds had exceeded 90 per cent. Overall, only 17 percent of Florida’s 6,010 adult ICU beds were empty, down from 20 percent at the weekend.
“Hospitals are safe and Floridans in need of treatment should not avoid seeking care,” Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted Monday. According to DeSantis, excess mortality rates unrelated to COVID-19 have been on the rise in recent weeks because “people are afraid to go to the hospital and do not seek treatment for other life-threatening diseases”. He is now urging anyone who feels the need to seek medical attention to go to the hospital. This is good advice, but even if the hospital is safe, when people arrive, they may not have an ICU bed for you.
DeSantis also noted that the average age of those infected dropped sharply from the early stages of the outbreak, which may explain why the state’s low mortality rate is low. On July 4, Florida reported a record 11,458 confirmed cases, but only 18 deaths. Meanwhile, when New York reached a peak of more than 12,000 cases in April, more than 800 deaths were reported every day. Young patients are more likely to survive, according to current data, but Florida’s daily COVID-19 death toll has risen steadily for weeks.