Treatment of COVID patients at a hospital in Sarasota, Florida (Reuters)
The increase in COVID cases and hospitalizations in South Florida led the Jackson Health Care health system to raise the threat level of the pandemic to “high”, after going from treating 66 patients two weeks ago to 139 at the moment , an increase of 111%.
Of these 139 patients currently being treated at Jackson’s public hospital network, the largest in the state, 95% are not vaccinated.
For the safety of patients, visitors and health personnel, the Jackson system will no longer allow visits in most of its health centers to hospitalized patients, as of July 21, the television channel CBS Miami reported.
Cases of COVID-19 infections are on the rise across the United States as the easier-to-transmit delta variant spreads, ending months of steady declines in the number of infections as vaccination progressed.
The Jackson hospital system is one of the largest in Florida (EFE)
In Florida, there are about 3,200 hospitalizations for COVID-19, reflecting a 73% increase since June 14. It is the fourth highest per capita hospitalization rate in the US, only behind Nevada, Missouri and Arkansas.
In fact, in the latest report from Florida, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased for that week at a rate not seen in months with a total of 45,603 new infections between July 9 and 15, and a rate of positivity That reached 11.5%, according to the figures provided every Friday by the Florida Department of Health.
From March 1, 2020 until this Friday, 2,406,809 cases and 38,388 deaths due to covid-19 had been registered in this state, with 59 deaths this week and a daily average of 6,515 infections. As for the positivity rate, this also shot up to 11.5%, compared to 7.8% last week and 5.2% the previous week.
The state, with a population of 21 million inhabitants, also registers a cumulative total of 11,292,335 vaccinated, with a weekly vaccination of 224,326, somewhat higher than the 207,089 people immunized the previous one.
View of a covid-19 vaccination center in Miami, Florida (USA). EFE / Cristobal Herrera-Ulaskevich / Archive
The director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control of the United States (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, warned this Friday that the stagnation of the rate of vaccination in the United States is causing the coronavirus to continue to spread among those who do not want to be immunized, and that is why that of the North American country is becoming “a pandemic of unvaccinated people.”
As the new variant of the coronavirus spreads, concerns rise among experts and authorities, as it has become the most dominant in the country.
The delta variant has spread to different countries and, with it, concerns about the spread of the pandemic given its high transmission capacity.
(With information from EFE)
The US issued a recommendation to “not travel” to the United Kingdom due to the increase in COVID-19 cases The ranking of vaccination against COVID-19 in America: map and statistics
READ MORE WAB NEWS