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Despite Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis seeming to downplay the severity of current coronavirus outbreak in his state, the numbers tell a different story; as of Tuesday morning, 43 hospital intensive care units (ICU) in 21 Florida counties have hit capacity and show zero beds available, while another 32 hospitals show ICU bed availability of 10% or less, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA).

KEY FACTS

Florida’s Department of Health confirmed 7,347 additional cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday morning, bringing the state’s total to 213,794.

16.3% of coronavirus tests from Monday came back positive, which is a new mark for the highest rate of percent positivity in a single day.

Florida also announced 63 additional fatalities, increasing the statewide death toll to 3,841.

California and Texas have also seen an alarming spike in Covid-19 cases and subsequent hospitalizations recently.

On Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom confirmed that the number of Californians hospitalized by the virus has risen by roughly 50% over the last two weeks; hospitalizations in Texas have reportedly seen a 400% increase over the past month.

KEY BACKGROUND:

Florida has recently re-closed its bars statewide, and restaurants are once-again limited to 50% capacity indoors. In addition, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez announced Monday restaurants would be limited to outdoor dining, takeout and delivery service, while gyms, banquet halls and short-term vacation rentals would be shuttered temporarily. However, Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran (a Republican and former speaker of the Florida House of Representatives) issued an emergency order Monday mandating that all schools in the state open next month. “All school boards and charter school governing boards must open brick and mortar schools in August at least five days per week for all students,” the announcement declares.

BIG NUMBER:

2,056: That’s the combined total of Covid-19 deaths in Texas and Florida over the past month, which surpasses the 1,960 hurricane-related fatalities reported in the past 20 years, according to Newsweek

CRITICAL QUOTE:

“Deaths are a trailing indicator of cases,” said Marc Lipsitch, a professor of epidemiology at Harvard University’s T.C. Chan School of Public Health. “That’s because it takes a long time for people to die, relative to when they got infected.”

Source: Forbes

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