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: 14,279
7-Day Change in COVID-19 Hospitalizations: -9.9%
Total New COVID-19 Cases: 17,506
Inpatient Bed Availability (all patients): 16.2%
Inpatient ICU Bed Availability (adults): 6.1%
Percent of Inpatients with Confirmed COVID-19 (all patients): 29.7%
COVID-19 patients in ICU: 23.3% (steady from 8/30)
COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 18.2% (steady from 8/30)
COVID-19 patients transferred from nursing homes/long-term care: 2.6% (steady from 8/30)
Hospitals expecting critical staffing shortage in next 7 days: 74.6% (1.4% decline from steady from 8/26)
Hospitals expanding into non-care areas in next 7 days: 24.7% (3.1% decline from 8/30)
“The signs continue to point to the fact that COVID-19 hospitalizations have peaked in Florida,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association. “While the total number of hospitalizations remain high and workforce challenges remain, it is encouraging that fewer hospitals are expecting critical staffing and oxygen shortages. As Floridians continue to get vaccinated and with expanded availability of monoclonal antibody treatments for those who test positive, it looks like the worst of this surge may finally be behind us.”
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.