JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida has more than 1,000 adults admitted to the hospital with confirmed COVID-19 for the first time since March, according to data from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday that there were 1,052 adults hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 in Florida. The last time there were more than 1,000 was on March 22nd.
It is worth noting that the data do not describe whether these patients were hospitalized because of COVID-19, or whether they were hospitalized with COVID-19, but hospitalized for something else.
The small increase in COVID-19 hospital admissions in Florida comes as the White House warns that 100 million people could get sick with COVID-19 this fall.
It seems the prediction is part of a larger pitch to persuade lawmakers to provide more funding for vaccines, testing and treatment. If no more funding is secured, the White House says, supplies of antiviral drugs and tests could run out this summer – which in turn could lead to millions of new infections.
The prediction also comes as The United States is approaching 1 million COVID-19 deaths.
“The main message to everyone is that if you stay up to date with your vaccine and boost the COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll be fine,” said Chad Neilsen, UF Health Jacksonville’s director of infection prevention.
But Neilsen says it is important to remember that COVID-19 has not disappeared.
“Jacksonville itself has a positivity rate of almost 9%, which is about three times what it was just a few months ago. We are seeing cases steadily increase, but it does not drive hospital admissions because there is so much immunity out there in the public, but the immunity we know will diminish and therefore boosters are important, ”said Neilsen. “Like the flu vaccine, we could see waves of this, but you will not be so badly affected if you are vaccinated.”
Therefore, a wave of new infections in the fall is not ruled out, but ultimately only a prediction at this point.
Neilsen says it is also important to remember that this is only a prediction based on the variants currently out there.
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