TALLAHASSEE, FL – 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: 16,163
7-Day Change in COVID-19 Hospitalizations: -3.9%
Total New COVID-19 Cases: 27,584
Inpatient Bed Availability (all patients): 14.8%
Inpatient ICU Bed Availability (adults): 5%
Percent of Inpatients with Confirmed COVID-19 (all patients): 33%
FHA Hospital Update:
The following information is being released by the Florida Hospital Association from a survey of hospitals completed Thursday, August 26, 2021. This survey reflects responses from hospitals representing 82% of Florida’s acute care hospital beds.
- COVID-19 patients in ICU: 22.9% (steady from 8/23)
- COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 17.4% (steady from 8/23)
- COVID-19 patients transferred from nursing homes/long-term care: 2.4% (steady from 8/23)
- Hospitals expecting critical staffing shortage in next 7 days: 75.7% (1.1% decrease from 8/23)
- Hospitals expanding into non-care areas in next 7 days: 27.3% (1.1% decrease from 8/23)
“Fingers crossed, we may be seeing the beginning of a downward trend in COVID-19 hospitalizations, but new cases remain near all-time highs, so it is much too early to declare victory,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association. “We must remain vigilant, not let our guard down against the virus, and continue to encourage more people to get the vaccine. In the last week we have seen a 4 percent decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations. Hopefully better days are ahead.”
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.