Florida reports 9K COVID-19 deaths linked to long-term care

Jacksonville, Fla. – Florida passed another troubling milestone this week when it topped the deaths of 9,000 coronovirus-related residents and staff members of long-term care facilities – involving and residing seniors in nursing homes With the vast majority having the facility.

The state added another 156 COVID-19 related deaths statewide, data released Saturday by the Florida Department of Health. According to state data, more than 25,500 residents and visitors to Florida have died of the virus.

According to Johns Hopkins University website, Florida has the fourth-highest number of COVID-19 deaths nationwide.

Saturday’s deaths in Florida were five in St. John’s County (151 overall), four in Poonam (96) and three in Bradford (35). Duval County has reported the most deaths among 11 counties News4Jax is tracking with 863 in Florida.

An additional 12,311 cases were reported in Florida on Saturday, bringing the state’s total to 1,639,914 since the epidemic began last year.

Cases and deaths have increased during the fall and winter.

Gov. Ron DeSantis has implemented its COVID-19 strategy on vaccination, focusing on people 65 years of age or older who face particular health hazards from the virus. During an appearance Friday on Fox News, DeSantis gave at least the first dose of vaccines to nearly 1 million seniors.

“We said the first senior. This is something we need to focus on the population of 65 and above.” There are young, healthy workers who are getting it in other states. God bless them, but I I want to protect my weak people. “

But the supply of the vaccine is limited, and seniors continue to make the most of the people who die from the virus.

As of Friday’s count, 65 or older people were involved in the deaths of 20,797 Florida residents. This represents 83% of overall deaths – a percentage that has remained relatively unchanged for months.

Prolonged care deaths are also another indicator of the toll that epidemics continue on senior citizens.

With an additional 85 long-term care deaths reported on Friday, the total reached 9,097 – or about 36% of the state’s total resident deaths. As another indicator, more than 100 long-term care deaths have occurred in 26 of the state’s 67 counties since the epidemic began.

At least 70,000 residents have been hospitalized for the novel coronavirus in Florida since the outbreak began, and the Agency for Health Care Administration in Florida reported 6,707 on Saturday afternoon with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 Below 7,367 are hospitalized. People at the beginning of the week.

Florida has had at least 1,328,175 vaccines, with the state requiring 151,447 people to receive both shots, but some vaccination sites have had to be shut down because they have used their allocations and frustration continues by people who qualify. Not able to get an appointment for a shot.

But as authorities try to ramp up vaccination against coronovirus, anxiety spreads to a new, more contagious form that may be able to gain a foothold in the state.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there were 46 confirmed cases of more infectious strain of COVID-19 in Florida as of Sunday, with 40 confirmed cases in the final count being California. The strain was first found in the United Kingdom in December and began to spread globally.

Preliminary evidence suggests that the new strain is more lethal than the first strain, with approximately 24.2 million sick in the US and more than 400,000 killed. Florida is now approaching 1.6 million confirmed cases, with about 10,000 new cases and about 160 additional deaths. To date, there have been more than 24,400 virus-related deaths in the state.

“This new strain is more contagious, and means more people will become infected,” Dr. at the University of Florida. Frederick Southwick, a professor of medicine and specialist in infectious diseases. “If we were a problem, we are going to be more of a problem now.”

Communities across the country are racing against the escalation of infections as they await higher doses of the two vaccines approved for use against the virus.

Dr. Glenn Morris said, “The game plan is one that has been done before: vaccinate as many people as possible, try to really stump on this virus and reduce overall cases, hospitals, and deaths.” Institute for Emerging Pathogens at the University of Florida.

The Associated Press and News Service of Florida contributed to this report.

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