The number of coronavirus cases is rapidly increasing in Florida, and new data shows that most of the available beds in the intensive care units in the state are filled.
Many hospitals and medical facilities in Florida reported that the ICU bed availability is almost zero, with some of them reporting no availability at all. Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration reported that the availability of beds was most scarce in Palm Beach County, and 75 percent of all the available hospital beds statewide are currently occupied.
Two of Palm Beach County’s 17 hospitals have already filled all ICU beds, and the availability in the other hospitals is very limited. More than half of the beds in ICU units in Miami-Dade County have also been filled amid the most severe local coronavirus outbreak.
The state sees a very substantial spike in coronavirus cases in recent days, and more than 12,500 people have been hospitals since the outbreak started in Florida. Additionally, Florida confirmed its highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases on Saturday, with 4,049 new cases reported in a single day, bringing Florida’s total to 93,797 cases overall (in the time of writing).
According to health officials, the sharp increase in cases is because of the expanded testing procedures implemented throughout the state since the reopening began. Numerous infectious disease experts, though, believe that the rise in positive cases might be linked to the loosened restrictions for business operations and public gatherings.
In fact, the state’s total coronavirus cases count had more than tripled since phase 1 reopening began on May 4, and phase 2 reopening on June 5, which allowed bars and other entertainment venues to begin operating.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said that the city will not transition into the third reopening phase until the numbers decrease again.