Florida's ICU beds are 84% filled as the state battles a surge in COVID-19 cases

Marco Bello/ReutersPeople wait for health assessment check in before entering Jackson Memorial Hospital, as Miami Dade County eases some of the lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus disease (COVID 19) outbreak, in Miami, Florida, in June 2020..JPG

Nearly 85% of Florida’s adult intensive care unit beds are filled as the state continues to see a surge in COVID-19 cases, according to data released by healthcare officials.

As of Wednesday morning, according to the data, only 921 of Florida’s 5,315 ICU beds in hospitals across the state were available. Several counties have reached their adult ICU bed capacity.

Florida is currently facing a surge in COVID-19 cases, with more than 20,000 people testing positive since Sunday.

In total, at least 210,594 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Florida since the novel coronavirus first emerged, and at least 3,841 people have died.

Florida saw a rise in COVID-19 cases after initiating reopening plans, which have since been rolled back in some areas.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis extended a state of emergency for 60 more days on Tuesday, just after the state hit a daily record high of more than 11,000 COVID-19 cases over the weekend.

“The impact of COVID-19 poses a continuing threat to the health, safety and welfare of the State of Florida and its residents,” the order read, according to Click Orlando.

On Monday, Florida officials released an emergency order that would require “brick-and-mortar” schools to reopen full-time in August.

DeSantis has promised to release the state’s daily hospitalisation rate in recent weeks, though it has yet to happen.

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