The Florida Hospital Association, the state’s leading voice for hospitals and health systems, provided the following update today on COVID-19 in the state. Statewide data is derived from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
HHS Statewide COVID-19 Update:
Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations: 14,787
Percent of Previous Peak (7/23/20): 145%
Inpatient Bed Utilization (all patients): 84.9%
Inpatient ICU Bed Utilization (adults): 89.7%
Percent of Total Hospital Inpatients with Confirmed COVID (all patients): 32.5%
At this time, we are not reporting data on new COVID-19 cases from the CDC pending resolution of discrepancies identified by the Florida Department of Health.
FHA Hospital Update:
The following information is being released by the Florida Hospital Association from a survey of hospitals completed Monday August 9, 2021. This survey reflects responses from hospitals representing 87% of Florida’s acute care hospital beds.
COVID-19 patients in ICU: 20% (steady from 8/5)
COVID-19 patients on ventilator: 14% (steady from 8/5)
COVID-19 patients transferred from nursing homes/long-term care: 2.6% (steady from 8/5)
Hospitals expecting critical staffing shortage in next 7 days: 68% (increase of 8% from 8/5)
Hospitals expanding into non-care areas in next 7 days: 26% (steady from 8/5)
“As our hospitals provide complex care to ever increasing numbers of COVID patients and with unusually high numbers of very ill non-COVID patients, our front line health care heroes are finding themselves stretched thin and physical and mental exhaustion is taking its toll. This new delta variant is extremely infectious and leading to 25 and 35 year olds hospitalized for COVID,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association. “Getting vaccinated can save your life. Don’t risk it. Get the vaccine.”
The Florida Hospital Association will continue communicating with all Florida hospitals and state officials and provide additional updates as events warrant.
About the Florida Hospital Association
Founded in 1927, the Florida Hospital Association is the leading voice for health care in the State of Florida. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, the Florida Hospital Association supports the mission of more than 200 hospitals and health care systems to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. Led by President and CEO Mary Mayhew, the Florida Hospital Association has offices in Tallahassee and Orlando and is governed by a Board of Trustees and officers elected by the member institutions. For more information, visit www.fha.org.