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Florida health care workers feeling strain of coronavirus surge

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Florida health care workers feeling strain of coronavirus surge

As Florida’s coronavirus cases break national records, health workers say they’re feeling the strain. While most hospitals still have room to take in more patients, some doctors and nurses say they’re being pushed to their limits. Emergency department staff have been dealing with these issues for months. And Dr. Angus Jameson, who works at Tampa General Hospital and is medical director of Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services, said it’s getting worse. [Source: WMFE]

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Rapid testing aid coming to Florida nursing homes, but concerns remain

Florida nursing homes will receive rapid coronavirus testing machines from the federal government. The Department of Health and Human Services announced earlier this month it will send machines to every skilled nursing facility in the country. But long-term care providers still have a lot of questions about when they will get their machines and how they will be able to manage routine testing. [Source: WUSF]

Coronavirus in Florida: Interactive map shows hospital ICU bed capacity

Medical experts say intensive care unit bed availability is critical in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak. The State of Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration has a database that tracks how many ICU beds are available in each county. According to the database, there are a total of 6,195 total adult ICU beds available across the state of Florida. [Source: WPBF]

Child hospitalizations from Covid-19 surge 23% in Florida as schools statewide must reopen

Just weeks before schools must open across Florida, the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations due to Covid-19 have surged. On July 16, the state had a total of 23,170 children ages 17 and under who had tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Florida Department of Health. By July 24, that number jumped to 31,150. That's a 34% increase in new cases among children in eight days. [Source: CNN Health]

Florida hospitals using free lodging, meals to compete for staff

Competing with each other and with the state, hospitals are luring nurses from as far away as Alaska with hazard pay, and free lodging and meals. The mission for these medical professionals is vital: relieve burned-out hospital staff, provide needy coronavirus patients with round-the-clock attention, and fill in for workers exposed to the virus who have to quarantine at home. More from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Becker's Hospital Review.

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