Coronavirus damages Florida’s health system as some hospitals run out of ICU beds in larger counties


People await the health assessment record before entering Jackson Memorial Hospital, as Miami-Dade County alleviates some of the blocking measures implemented during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Miami, Florida, June 18, 2020.

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More than 40 Florida hospitals in various counties across the state have maximized their ICU capacity or are on the verge of running out of intensive care beds as the coronavirus outbreak statewide worsens, according to the Managing Agency. State Medical Care.

As of Tuesday, more than 5,000 Florida patients used approximately 83% of the state’s more than 6,000 ICU beds, according to the Florida health agency, which is responsible for licensing the state’s health facilities. That leaves just over 1,000 free ICU beds, compared to nearly 1,400 ICU beds available less than three weeks ago, according to WTSP, a local CBS affiliate.

Overall, state hospitals now operate at 78% of capacity, according to AHCA. ICU beds are running low at various hospitals in some of the state’s most populous counties, including Miami-Dade County, Orange County, Hillsborough County and Broward County, which respectively house Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Lauderdale.

Florida, which has more than 213,700 confirmed cases so far, is struggling with the third worst outbreak in the country after New York and California.

Florida reported an average of 8,587 new cases based on a seven-day moving average on Tuesday, a 30% increase from the previous week and a new record, according to data analyzed by CNBC and compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Florida tracks only the number of people who have been hospitalized since the start of the outbreak and not those currently in the hospital with Covid-19, according to the Covid Monitoring Project.

The Florida department of health did not respond to a request for comment.

– CNBC’s Nate Rattner contributed to this article.

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