Florida Hospitals Continue Seeing Surge In COVID-19 Patients

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – The fig of radical hospitalized successful Florida due to the fact that of COVID-19 continued astatine a grounds gait Monday, according to the Florida Hospital Association.

The manufacture radical said 10,389 radical were hospitalized for COVID-19 — the 2nd time successful a enactment that the fig was implicit 10,000 and the highest regular full since the commencement of the pandemic.

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During an interrogation with MSNBC, Mary Mayhew, the president and CEO of the association, called the summation “dramatic” and said the illness is “attacking a younger colonisation and putting them successful the hospital.” Mayhew said 50 percent of the radical hospitalized are betwixt ages 25 and 55. She besides said 96 percent of radical hospitalized were unvaccinated.

The surge successful hospitalizations has travel arsenic the wide fig of reported infections has risen dramatically successful caller weeks, fueled by the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus.

Florida registered its largest-ever azygous time full of caller COVID-19 cases — 21,683 — connected Friday, according to information from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC connected Monday did not station caller Florida lawsuit numbers from the weekend. Florida was 1 of 32 states with nary COVID-19 corruption information for Saturday and Sunday. The authorities Department of Health successful aboriginal June scaled backmost to posting information erstwhile a week, with its reports coming retired connected Fridays.

State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is moving for the Democratic gubernatorial information successful 2022, called again Monday for Gov. Ron DeSantis’ medication to instrumentality to providing regular reports to the public. Fried said residents were “completely successful the dark” astir what was going on.

Christina Pushaw, the governor’s property secretary, pushed backmost against Fried, saying that the authorities was sending information to the CDC connected weekdays. The Florida Department of Health routinely and automatically reports COVID-19 information Monday done Friday, she said.

Department of Health Communications Director Weesam Khoury said the national authorities has not required the states to study information connected the play since June 18.

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A reappraisal of the data, though, shows that this is the archetypal clip the authorities has not reported the accusation since June 18.

The emergence of cases and hospitalizations successful Florida besides drew the attraction of the White House.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, noting that 20 percent of each caller cases successful the federation are coming successful Florida, said schools should beryllium allowed to enact disguise mandates and that vaccinations should beryllium encouraged. DeSantis connected Friday issued an enforcement bid barring schoolhouse districts from requiring students to deterioration masks.

“So, you know, astatine a definite point, leaders are going to person to take whether they’re going to travel nationalist wellness guidelines oregon whether they’re going to travel politics,” Psaki said.

DeSantis has disputed the request for children to deterioration masks and has argued that the determination should beryllium near up to parents. His enforcement bid threatened to withhold backing for schoolhouse districts that necessitate students to deterioration masks.

“I person young kids. My woman and I are not going to bash the disguise happening with the kids,” DeSantis said Friday. “We ne'er have. I privation to spot my kids smiling. I privation them having fun.”

DeSantis precocious has encouraged radical to get vaccinated, though helium has besides blocked businesses from requiring customers to amusement impervious of vaccination — the conception known arsenic “vaccine passports.”

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