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Florida virus cases soar, hospitals near last summer's peak

Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients are soaring in Florida. At least two areas in the state surpassed the previous peaks of last summer's surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergency.

7/30/2021 1:31:00 AM

Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients are soaring in Florida . At least two areas in the state surpassed the previous peaks of last summer's surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergency.

MIAMI (AP) — Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing the previous peaks of last summer's surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergency.

MIAMI (AP) — Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing the previous peaks of last summer’s surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergency.

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A large hospital system in Jacksonville said its hospitals were at maximum capacity, its emergency centers also at a critical point as the state grappled with the new and more infectious delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.In Brevard County, two hospitals began setting up treatment tents at its emergency departments. And at a Fort Lauderdale park, a long line of cars snaked around a testing site, recalling the first weeks of the pandemic last year.

Florida hospitals reported more than 8,900 patients with COVID-19 on Thursday, according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Florida Hospital Association said the state peaked at 10,179 cases last July.ADVERTISEMENTThe patient number on Thursday was five times higher than a month ago, and it quickly climbed from about 5,500 in just one week. headtopics.com

“What’s extraordinary is the speed at which we are currently seeing new cases,” said Dr. Vincent Hsu, executive director of infection prevention and hospital epidemiologist at AdventHealth in Orlando. “The slope is pretty steep, and we haven’t seen the end of it. This is still coming.”

AdventHealth said Thursday it had reached a new high on Thursday since the pandemic began with about 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalized patients across its system in central Florida. Twelve hospitals in the state are reporting critical staffing shortages to the federal government.

The state reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention an additional 17,500 cases — making one fifth of the national new caseload — and 56 new deaths, raising the total death toll for the state to nearly 38,900.The rapid rise in hospitalizations and cases has prompted officials in Miami-Dade and Orlando to issue

new orders requiring masksat indoor county buildings. The mayor of Orange County, home to Walt Disney World, is forcing all nonunion county employees to get vaccinated by August.And Walt Disney World also announced this week that it would again be requiring the use of masks indoors. headtopics.com

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Just 48 percent of the state’s population is fully vaccinated, and hospitals say the vast majority of the patients with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.Despite calls for him to declare an emergency, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed not to reinstate any pandemic restrictions. In early June the state stopped providing daily figures of cases and deaths, switching to weekly reports.

ADVERTISEMENTHe signed a law in May a measure that invalidated local COVID-19 orders and gave him power to nullify future ones.On Wednesday, the governor mocked new federal guidelines recommending use of masks even for those vaccinated against COVID-19. He also took aim at Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, who recently said the U.S. is in an

of soaring cases fueled by unvaccinated Americans and the virulent delta variant.DeSantis said Florida would “choose freedom over Fauci-ism.”“I think it’s very important we say, unequivocally, ‘No to lockdowns, no to school closures, no to restrictions, no to mandates,’” DeSantis said. “We’ll be holding the line. We will not back down.”

His words drew enthusiastic applause during his appearance in Salt Lake City, Utah, before the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that pushes conservative policies in Republican-controlled state legislatures.DeSantis said he opposes those measures because they were ineffective and “had catastrophic consequences” for the economy. headtopics.com

The governor’s stance against lockdowns, mask mandates and vaccine passports is a key component of his reelection campaign. The campaign is selling koozies with the phrase “How the hell am I going to drink a beer with a mask on?” and T-shirts reading: “Don’t Fauci My Florida.”

Charlie Crist, a Democrat challenging DeSantis next year, condemned his speech in Utah in a statement sent Thursday. Crist served as a Republican governor from 2007 to 2011, before joining the Democratic party. He has served in the U.S. House since 2017.

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“Our hospitals are being overrun by sick patients, families are losing their loved ones, and our children are facing another difficult and confusing school year. But where’s Governor DeSantis? He’s profiting from selling merchandise that demonizes our nation’s top doctor” he said.

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iameuru Of course Hundreds of thousands of more Crisis Actors needed... County with Disney World has declared a state of emergency. Many businesses are requiring masks again in Florida, including Disney World. Florida deaths are on the rise. Meanwhile deranged DeSantis brags about his handling of virus.

The policy of invalidating local mandates and tying the hands of local governments goes against every true conservative principle. Talk about government overreach by the Republicans! And DeSantis's only thought is ... 'How can I get their vote before they all die?' EugeniaStonecr1 This excerpt in FL history brought to you by “it’s their new hoax” former guy and “don’t fauci my FL” Ron DeathSantis Politicians aren’t scientists people! Wake up or … don’t wake up see what I did there?

That’s a false statement dramatizing the fears of Americans to push the democratic agenda stop fear mongering and spreading disinformation We are supposed to be visiting next march from the UK. We are all vaccinated and the more I read about Florida we may cancel if it's not canceled by the GOV first.

An unnecessary chaos. So in next election will have less trump supporters Jesus will come back before DeSantis declares a state of emergency. He's not going to do anything to help.

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100million people had covid and survived. 150million already vaccinated. Deaths way down. Stop the fear. And maybe try getting healthy. DeSantos ain’t gonna declare a state of emergency anymore than Trump will concede he lost the election. You voted for him and now he’s gonna kill you! At this point I say let MAGAs be MAGA. I’ll just take Ivan Drago’s attitude towards it.

naturalselection - we already saw how bad this could be and ppl chose violence. Now they live with death 🤷🏾‍♀️ A state of emergency, for this… 🙄 Your governor will sacrifice you all for votes. Good luck Florida you voted him in. Laurie_Garrett You mean Mister Freedom Isn’t Free at every opportunity except for one since all this started? Good luck with that. 🤦‍♂️🇺🇸🦠☠️🤧😷💉

PandemicOfVaccinated Illegal border crossings have anything to do with the numbers spike? Can we get some contact tracing-wait-that was a failure? Bring coronavirus over the border-seems like an Ace in the pocket to politicians making money off this pandemic? Let’s Fauci Florida

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The Governor IS the emergency.

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