Over 50 Children in Florida Are Being Hospitalized with COVID Every Single Day

More than 50 children on average are being taken to hospital with COVID-19 each day in Florida as the Delta variant surges in the state.

According to data from the CDC, the current 7-day average shows 55 children aged between 0-17 years admitted to Florida hospitals every day between August 7 and August 13.

The figures represent an 10.5 percent change from the previous seven-day average recorded between July 31, 2021, and August 6, 2021.

Hospital admissions across the Sunshine State have risen in all age categories with those above 70 years old being the worst affected.

According to the CDC, the age group saw a total of 80,290 admissions between August 1 and August 13 with an average of 583 elderly people being taken to hospital every day.

The COVID crisis has hit Florida hard since early July as the Delta variant continues its rapid spread across the state.

Florida now leads the U.S. in new COVID-19 infections and has the highest rate of hospitalizations among children in the nation.

It reported some 150,000 new cases in the past week, far exceeding Texas (89,666) and California (54,325).

Increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have seen the intensive care unit at Ascension St Vincent's Southside Hospital in Jacksonville soar to more than 200 percent occupancy.

As of Monday morning, doctors at the faith-based healthcare organization were treating 94 patients with COVID and its ICU was at 217 percent occupancy, according to a dataset released weekly by the Department of Health and Human Services.

Despite the surge in cases and hospitalizations, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned mask, vaccine and further lockdown mandates in the state. He also forbade any coronavirus restrictions in the state, including limits on businesses.

Republican Gov. DeSantis has instead surrounded himself with controversial health experts who pushed a more targeted response. This includes Stanford Professor Dr. Jay Bhatacharya, the co-author of the Great Barrington Declaration.

The Governor's decision has led to sharp criticism from local leaders, with Hialeah Mayor Carlos Hernandez, decrying the decision and branding DeSantis "a dictator."

He added: "It's a shame because we're paying the price."

Disappointment among Floridians has even seen a petition to recall and remove the Governor hit more than 50,000 signatures as of Monday.

But, unlike California and other states, Florida does not allow recall elections for governors.

Newsweek has contacted the CDC and Gov. DeSantis office for comment.

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A health care worker treats a patient with COVID in a Houston, Texas ICU. Florida has seen a sharp increase in children being hospitalized with COVID. Go Nakamura/Getty Images