Tuesday, July 20, 2021
A spike in patient admissions for COVID-19 has put Florida hospitals on high alert, with Miami-Dade's Jackson Health System announcing that it would suspend visitations at many of its facilities beginning Wednesday. Driven by a highly contagious variant of the virus and the significant share of Floridians who remain unvaccinated, the number of new infections reported weekly by Florida's health department has increased more than fourfold in a month, from 10,095 cases for the week ending June 17 to 45,449 on Friday. South Florida hospitals have experienced a similar though less dramatic rise in patients with severe symptoms " pushing them to reinforce preventive measures and to prepare, once again, for a potential surge in the pandemic.
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