Coronavirus Florida: Emergency chief says state prepared for more hospital patients

Coronavirus Florida: Emergency chief says state prepared for more hospital patients

Zac Anderson Political Editor Florida has roughly 6,190 intensive care unit hospital beds and is projected to have a shortage of 860 ICU beds when the strain on the health care system from COVID-19 peaks. This content is being provided for free as a public service to our readers during the coronavirus outbreak. Sign up for our daily or breaking newsletters to stay informed. If local news is important to you, consider becoming a digital subscriber to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. *** With Florida’s COVID-19 death toll surging above 200 Sunday and the total number of cases topping 12,000, Florida’s emergency management director went on television and offered assurances that the state’s health care system will be able to handle a big increase in seriously ill patients. Florida is projected to have a shortage of intensive care unit hospital beds when the coronavirus crisis peaks. But Florida Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz said he is confident the state will be able to expand the current number of ICU beds to meet peak demand. “I have full confidence that we’ll be able to meet the ICU capacity,” Moskowitz said during an appearance Sunday on the Facing South Florida television program produced by Miami’s CBS affiliate. #apolloLink{color:#000;background-color:#F4BE11;text-shadow: none;padding: 8px 15px 10px;font-family: ‘Roboto’, sans-serif;font-weight: 600;border-radius:10px;} See our complete coverage of the coronavirus outbreak Florida had 12,350 coronavirus cases as of Sunday evening, including 140 in Sarasota County and 136 in Manatee County. The number of COVID-19 patients at Sarasota Memorial hospital rose to 34 Sunday, up from 32 on Saturday and 28 on Friday. The statewide death toll rose to 221. There have been seven COVID-19 deaths in Sarasota and three in Manatee. The number of seriously ill COVID-19 patients is forecast to increase significantly in Florida over the next few weeks. A […]

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