One in Every 1,400 People in Florida Hospitalized with COVID Right Now

Approximately one in 1,400 people are currently hospitalized with COVID in Florida, as the state continues to report record case levels amid the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new COVID data on Wednesday, which showed Florida had reported a new daily case record on Monday with 24,753 positive tests.

According to data shared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday, Florida also has the highest number of children hospitalized from COVID of any state in the country, with 232 currently being treated in medical facilities.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered the state to stop releasing daily COVID figures in June, now just reporting them weekly on a Friday, but the CDC and Florida Hospital Association (FHA) continue to update figures on a daily basis.

Data from the FHA showed that on Wednesday, of the 48,414 beds in use in Florida, 15,449 were occupied by patients with COVID. This is a new record for the state beating the previous figure set on Tuesday of 14,787.

The hospitalization figure equates to around one in every 1,425 people in Florida receiving treatment in a hospital in the state after contracting COVID, with 41 hospitals telling the federal government that they are facing critical staff shortages, according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.

The local outlet also reported that 56 hospitals told the federal government that they expect to be facing critical staff shortages within the next week, with Florida recording a rise in hospitalizations now for 12 days in a row.

Due to the increased number of patients and the spread of the Delta variant, hospitals across the state have canceled non-emergency surgical procedures, while some have limited visitation, according to FOX 13.

A COVID tracker provided by The New York Times reported on Thursday that Florida is also recording a high number of deaths, with a 7-day average in the state of 121.7, equating to around 0.57 people per 100,000.

This figure is down from the 122.1 daily deaths recorded earlier in the week, but is still larger than 32 other states combined. The closest state for daily deaths is Texas, which is currently recording around 68 a day.

Florida has so far fully vaccinated just 50 percent of its population, and studies have shown that being vaccinated offers the greatest protection against COVID compared to having been infected by the virus previously, as breakthrough cases in the U.S. are very rare.

Despite the dramatic numbers of cases and hospitalizations currently being recorded in Florida, DeSantis is continuing with his plans to keep the state open and limit COVID restrictions on its residents.

However, although the governor issued an executive order threatening funds allocated to facilities that defied the ban on face mask mandates in the state, several school districts have announced that they will not comply with the rule in line with advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Meanwhile, Norwegian Cruise Line was granted a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the state's vaccine passport ban despite DeSantis signing the bill into law citing that it is important that Florida's citizens have "personal choice" surrounding the vaccine.

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A doctor takes care of a patient infected with Covid-19 in the intensive care unit of Lyon-Sud hospital in Pierre-Benite, on September 8, 2021. JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images