Florida COVID: Broward county one of the hardest hit
More than 5,000 residents have been lost to COVID in Florida on Monday after 90 new deaths were announced.
The state of Florida now has 363,394 cases of COVID and 5,072 resident deaths. An additional 109 nonresidents have also died as a result of the novel coronavirus.
The new fatalities reported on Monday also include 19 in Broward County, seven in Miami Dade, and six in Palm Beach.
Compliance issues with social distancing and people not wearing masks seems to be the main culprit, as several city Mayors have threatened to bring back tough lock downs if people continue to not comply with public health regulations.
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County by County Florida COVID cases
In the past 24 hours, Miami-Dade County’s COVID cases increased by 2,797 with a total of 87,035 cases. Miami-Dade had the highest fatality rate with a total of 1,309 deaths resulting in complications from COVID-19. When it comes to overall Florida COVID cases, Miami-Dade is hit harder than any other country in the state.
Broward County is the second hardest hit with 1,695 cases in the past 24 hours, totaling to 40,976. The death toll for the county is 512.
Palm Beach County had 641 new cases in the past day, with a total of 26,426. There are now a total of 685 fatalities.
Monroe County is 35 new cases in the past 24 hours, a total of 894 cases, and six people dead.
Overall Florida COVID cases have resulted in 21,263 hospitalizations since the outbreak has started.
Hospitals stretched to near breaking point
Emergency rooms in hospitals are being stretched thin due to the challenges doctors face during the coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals have been forced to increase intensive care unit capacity.
Dr. Randy Katz, the head of Memorial Healthcare System’s emergency services, said “About 200 to 250 of these patients are either in the ER department for mild symptoms or severe symptoms but something related to COVID-19,”
Jackson Health System is reporting a shortage of remdesivir, which is a potent antiviral drug approved to treat coronavirus infections.
“Our total patient census has remained pretty flat, largely because we’re focused on discharging patients as quickly as possible, when appropriate, to make room for additional patients coming in,” Jackson Health System spokesperson wrote in a statement.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70% of hospital beds in Florida are occupied and 17% of these are for COVID-19 patients.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has already requested that the Federal government increase the supply of remdesivir. which is sold under the brand name Veklury. The federal government has partnerships with the private sector to ensure American citizens and resident have priority when it comes to supply of medications needed to fight the highly infectious coronavirus.
“The white house is accelerating more remdesivir to the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “We think it’s going to ship this weekend.”
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