Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-08-05 15:16:10 –
Fort Lauderdale, Florida (AP) — A Florida hospital accused of a patient with COVID-19 has suspended elective surgery and placed beds in conference rooms, auditoriums, and cafeterias. In Georgia, medical centers keep people away due to lack of space. And the Louisiana hospital had to postpone the organ transplant.
“We’re seeing an unprecedented surge in patient arrivals,” said Dr. Markup, chief medical officer of the Memorial Healthcare System in Hollywood, Florida, Wednesday. “It’s a huge number coming at the same time. There are so many beds, so many doctors, so many nurses.”
Coronavirus hospitalizations have surged again as more infectious delta variants rampant nationwide, with many closing COVID-19 wards and field hospitals and withdrawing other emergency measures. After a week, the medical center is forced to return to a crisis situation.
The number of people currently carrying the virus in US hospitals has more than tripled in the past month, from an average of about 12,000 to about 43,000. according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is still far from near 124,000 hospitals during the peak winter surge in January. But health experts say they’re probably more worried because this wave is rising faster than the previous one. Also, most of the disturbing patients this time are young adults.
And the frustration of public health professionals and front-line healthcare professionals has left the majority of people currently hospitalized unvaccinated.
Florida, Georgia and Louisiana alone account for nearly 40% of all hospitalizations in the country. Louisiana and Georgia have some of the lowest immunization rates in the country, with approximately 38% of the population fully vaccinated. Florida is 49%, close to the national rate. By comparison, most New England states are well above 60%.
This variant sent new US cases that surged to an average of 94,000 per day, a level not seen since mid-February. The number of deaths per day has skyrocketed by 75% in the last two weeks, rising from an average of 244 to 426. The death toll in the United States as a whole exceeds 614,000.
Throughout Florida, more than 12,000 patients were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Wednesday, of which nearly 2,500 were in intensive care unit beds. The state has an average of nearly 18,000 new cases per day, starting with less than 2,000 in the first week of July. A total of more than 39,100 coronavirus deaths have been seen in Florida.
Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said it was important to keep Florida’s economy moving, and took a tough stance against the Mask rule and other compulsory measures.
“Florida is a free state and we empower people. DeSantis, who was exploring the possibility of bidding on the president in 2024, said in a fundraising email Wednesday.
The reversal of fortune in some hospitals was terrible.
In central Florida, as of Thursday, 1,350 patients were admitted to Advent Health Hospital with COVID-19. The health care system has postponed non-urgent surgery and restricted visitors to focus on treating patients with coronavirus.
Less than two months ago, less than 20 patients with COVID-19 at the Baptist Hospital in Miami had closed their coronavirus units. By Monday, hospital staff had reopened some of those units to handle the influx of more than 200 new virus patients.
Dr. Sergio Segara, Chief Medical Officer of the hospital, said:
In Georgia, more than 20 hospitals had to discharge patients this week as COVID-19 hospitalizations increased to 2,600 across the state.
In Louisiana, transplantation was one of the most recently postponed procedures due to the resurrection of the coronavirus, according to the state’s largest hospital system. As of Thursday, there were approximately 2,350 COVID-19 patients in the hospital in the state.
Dr. Robert Hart, Chief Medical Officer at Oxner Health, did not reveal the type of transplant, but said it was related to living donors. “I can imagine what both the recipient and the donor were expecting before the surgery, but we need to postpone it,” he said.
The rapid change in events was disappointing for healthcare professionals who thought the fight was in the final stages just a few weeks ago. The crisis also makes it difficult for hospitals to provide other important types of medical care.
Dr. Vincent Shaw, a family doctor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, said: “COVID does not call anyone who has had a stroke, heart attack, or other horrific or traumatic event. I will take over the ER and ICU.”
In Florida, Judy Custer said she and her husband did everything they were told to do to prevent the virus. Fort Lauderdale retirees were vaccinated and wore masks, even when the rules were lifted. Still, they got sick with COVID-19 a few weeks ago, and 80-year-old Dougcaster was hospitalized for five days.
Judy Custer said he still believes that more people need to be vaccinated.
“Even if they got sick with it, it was long enough to know that it was helping people,” she said. “You are less likely to wear a ventilator. You are less likely to be hospitalized.”
Marcelo reported from Boston. Associated Press reporters Kevin Magill of New Orleans, Frida Frisaro of Miami, and Heather Hollingsworth of the Kansas Mission contributed to the story.