As coronavirus cases grow, so do Florida’s hospitalizations

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Data from Florida’s Department of Health show 226 more people were hospitalized from COVID-19 since Monday’s numbers were released. The number brings the state’s total hospitalizations to 14,580. Among Central Florida counties, Polk County has the most hospitalizations by far, with Orange following close behind.More than 480 people have been admitted to hospitals within Orange County lines. Hospital bed availability in the Orlando area is also among the lowest, now at less than 11%, about 10% less available beds over the past two weeks. Comparatively, the Agency for Health Care Administration’s hospital bed census puts the statewide average at about 22% availability. “There’s still a lot of surge capacity in the system,” Orlando Health Chief Medical Officer George Ralls said.WESH 2 News learned surge capacity could boost available bed numbers within the system by 30% to 40%.”Sometimes that means taking some of your licensed staff and fully staffing them up so every licensed bed in the hospital is being used. In other cases, during emergencies, we can actually use space in the hospital that wasn’t designed as patient care, or patient care areas. We’ve done that in very, very, very few instances historically, but it does happen sometimes in the U.S.,” Ralls said.For patients who’ll need intensive care, ICU beds are tracked separately. Those numbers vary county by county,In Orange County, the availability is actually greater, percentage-wise, at 17% available ICU beds currently.

Data from Florida’s Department of Health show 226 more people were hospitalized from COVID-19 since Monday’s numbers were released.

The number brings the state’s total hospitalizations to 14,580.

Among Central Florida counties, Polk County has the most hospitalizations by far, with Orange following close behind.

More than 480 people have been admitted to hospitals within Orange County lines.

Hospital bed availability in the Orlando area is also among the lowest, now at less than 11%, about 10% less available beds over the past two weeks.

Comparatively, the Agency for Health Care Administration’s hospital bed census puts the statewide average at about 22% availability.

“There’s still a lot of surge capacity in the system,” Orlando Health Chief Medical Officer George Ralls said.

WESH 2 News learned surge capacity could boost available bed numbers within the system by 30% to 40%.

“Sometimes that means taking some of your licensed staff and fully staffing them up so every licensed bed in the hospital is being used. In other cases, during emergencies, we can actually use space in the hospital that wasn’t designed as patient care, or patient care areas. We’ve done that in very, very, very few instances historically, but it does happen sometimes in the U.S.,” Ralls said.

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For patients who’ll need intensive care, ICU beds are tracked separately. Those numbers vary county by county,

In Orange County, the availability is actually greater, percentage-wise, at 17% available ICU beds currently.

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