On Tuesday, the governor danced around questions about when Florida officials would provide data on daily hospitalization rates in the state, which his office had said would begin last week. However, with all this depressing news, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said he won't close businesses again and has repeatedly refused to order a statewide mask mandate to curb the spread of the virus, reports CNBC News.
Hospital ICUs were full at 54 hospitals across 25 of Florida's 67 counties, according to data published on Tuesday morning by the state's Agency for Health Care Administration.
As of Tuesday, more than 3,000 people were hospitalised for the coronavirus in the region, including almost 800 in intensive care, the Texas Tribune reported. 30 additional hospitals reported that their ICUs were at least 90% full.
All ICU beds are filled at the three hospitals in Clay County, where the population is around 220,000.
DeSantis also noted that the average age of infected individuals has dropped precipitously from the early days of the pandemic, which may explain why the state's fatality rate has remained so low.
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The administration isn't disclosing specific loan amounts, instead grouping the borrowers into five categories based on loan size. JPMorgan, Bank of America, Truist Bank, PNC Bank and Wells Fargo originated 17 percent of total PPP loans, according to the data.
Before the steady increase in new coronavirus cases began in early June, the highest number of cases Florida had reported in a single day was 1,413 on April 17. Younger patients are more likely to live, based on but the amount of COVID-19 deaths per day in Florida has been steadily ticking up for months.
There were 451.9 new reported cases per 100,000 people in Florida within the last two weeks, which ranked 2nd in the country for new cases per capita. California, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, North Carolina, and SC are also reporting record numbers of hospitalizations.
On July 4th, Florida reported that a record 11,458 instances, but only 18 deaths.
As a result, the death rate will lag behind the infection rate, but Florida could soon find itself in the same position NY fought to operate its way from in April when ICUs continue to fill up. As a result, some local officials have already started to roll back their reopening plans, including Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, who closed restaurants on Monday.