Well, that’s troubling.
Courtesy of CNN:
Despite hopes for relief this summer, the US still is battling the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, so much so that across the South and Southwest contact tracing — a key component to combating the virus — is no longer possible, a health expert says.
“The cases are rising so rapidly, that we cannot even do contact tracing anymore. I don’t see how it’s possible to even do that,” Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of tropical medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, told CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday.
His comment comes as the United States nears 3 million officially reported cases. The country averaged just under 50,000 new cases daily over the last week — the highest rate recorded, and twice as high as a month ago.
The rapid rise in cases is considered a surge, not a second wave, because the infection numbers never lowered to where officials hoped they would, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci said in a Facebook and Twitter livestream Monday.
“We are still knee-deep in the first wave of this,” Fauci said.
The numbers in Florida are especially concerning as they have essentially shut down a number of hospitals to new patients.
Also courtesy of CNN:
In Florida, 43 hospital ICU’s in 21 counties have hit capacity and show zero ICU beds available, according to data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). This includes hospitals in the following counties:
- Miami-Dade (which includes the city of Miami)
- Broward (which includes Fort Lauderdale)
- Hillsborough (which includes Tampa)
- Orange (which includes Orlando)
Another 32 hospitals show ICU bed availability of 10% or less, per the AHCA data.
In addition, 14 hospitals have hit capacity of non-ICU hospital beds and another 54 hospitals have 10% or less non-ICU hospital beds available.
And yet despite all of this Florida is planning to reopen schools next month.
Courtesy of Click Orlando:
Florida schools will open this fall amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which shows no signs of slowing, according to a statewide executive order issued Monday.
Florida Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran signed the order Monday, with the stated goal of reopening all brick-and-mortar schools for at least five days a week for all students beginning in August, according to the executive order.
The executive order was signed around 11 a.m. Monday, hours later President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”
I don’t even know what to say.