Shands Hospital stops media availability as county COVID-19 cases drop
Shands Hospital stops media availability as county COVID-19 cases drop

Shands Hospital stops media availability as county COVID-19 cases drop

COVID-19 cases in Alachua County fell in the last week – continuing the downward trend that began in late January.

As the rise subsides, UF Health Shands Hospital CEO Ed Jimenez completed his weekly updates to the press, including The Alligator, on Monday.

These media availability provided updates on the hospital and its response to the effects of omicron. Admission numbers for COVID-19 will continue to be available through Ken Garcia, UF Health spokesman.

In this semester, the meetings began on January 4 and were held weekly.

But COVID is unpredictable, he said.

“So I would love to tell you that we are not going to see more increases, that there will be no more varieties,” he said. “But hey, I’m not a scientist … and I have not heard from scientists that this is the case.”

New positive cases in Alachua fell from 2,330 in previous week to 1,297 in the week of Feb. 11, according to COVID County dashboard.

“Today’s weekly COVID figures continue to move in the right direction for the fourth week in a row,” a county Facebook post read.

The positivity rate decreased from 24% in week 4. feb to 15.6% last week, according to the dashboard.

Adult admissions fell from 276 last week to 206 from Monday, according to the county dashboard. There are 42 adults in the intensive care unit against 50 on 7 February. There are 11 patients in respirator per. Monday, of which about 90% are unvaccinated according to the county Facebook page.

Last week, 147 people were vaccinated according to the county’s dashboard.

On Tuesday, Shands had 108 COVID-positive patients, Jimenez said. Of these, 32 are in treatment in the intensive care unit or the intermediate ward. Eight patients are under the age of 18, and two of them are in the intensive care unit.

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“From last Monday to this Monday, the numbers have dropped dramatically,” Jimenez said. So we’re focused on this idea, that we’re heading in a really good direction. ”

Eighty patients are no longer contagious but continue to receive care, Jimenez said. Of the admitted patients, 73% are unvaccinated.

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Lucille Lannigan

Lucy Lannigan is a third-year journalism student from Key West. She works as a health and environmental reporter at uni desk. When Lucy is not showing up, she loves to paint and spend time outside.

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