2 Florida Counties Lead All of US in New COVID Hospitalizations

Two Florida counties now lead the nation in terms of COVID-19 hospitalizations as the state has seen a surge of new cases and deaths.

During a recent press conference, Broward County Mayor Steve Geller said "Unfortunately, Dade and Broward County lead the nation in hospitalizations."

Geller continued, "The numbers are doubling every 10 or 11 days. Geometric progression. This is horrifying."

According to data from the Florida Department of Health, both Broward and Miami-Dade County reported the highest number of cases last week, with 9,094 and 15,541, respectively.

Geller's comments come shortly after the White House published a new report which found both Broward and Miami-Dade counties were reporting the most COVID-19 hospitalizations across the U.S. According to the report, hospitals in both counties were reporting more than 800 new COVID-19 hospitalizations last week.

According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dr. Scott Ross, chief medical officer at Cleveland Clinic Weston said, "We have seen a 200 percent increase in hospitalized COVID patients in the last month and a 400 percent increase in the last two months."

"We know if you get vaccinated, you're not likely going to go into the hospital. Get vaccinated, protect yourself, protect your friends, protect your family, protect your community, the country, do the patriotic thing," Geller said.

While speaking with Newsweek, Geller said 97 percent of those hospitalized with COVID-19 in Broward County are unvaccinated.

"That's proof positive that the vaccinations work," Geller told Newsweek.

Geller also told Newsweek in June the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital reported 36 children were admitted to the emergency room and as of Thursday, there were 129 children.

Following the report from the White House, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava made similar comments, saying "The situation is becoming as dire as it was last year, with hospitals reaching capacity, packed emergency rooms, and positivity rates in the two digits."

She continued, "Millions of residents of Miami-Dade have done their part by getting the shot. But the numbers are very clear: roughly nine out of every 10 COVID patients at our hospitals are unvaccinated."

In response to the surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in these two counties, both have reinstated mask mandates for county-owned buildings.

Florida as a whole has also seen a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations and just this past weekend, the state reported 10,207 COVID-19 hospitalizations, breaking a record from the previous year when the state reported 10,170 hospitalizations on July 23, 2020.

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Two counties in Florida now lead the U.S. in terms of COVID-19 hospitalizations. Above, medical staff move bodies from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center to a refrigerated truck on April 2, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York Angela Weiss/Getty