Florida Health Officials report a surge in hospitalization rates in Florida. The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to data reported to the US department of health and human services.
Florida Health Officials also noted that the previous record was from July 23, 2020, more than a half-year before vaccinations started becoming widespread when Florida had 10,170 hospitalizations. Florida Health Officials have averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day and 35 daily pediatric hospitalizations. According to Jason Salemi, both are the highest per capita rates in the nation, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida.
The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. The figures show how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State: only a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new daily cases. In the state capital, Covid-19 hospitalizations reached 70 patients on Sunday at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare, a jump of 11 people in two days. Mestre said that about half of the patients were under 12. The rest were older and eligible for the vaccine. None of the patients with Covid-19 at Nicklaus Children’s on Friday were vaccinated. Most children who get Covid-19 do not need hospitalization.