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Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID

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Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID

| 8/3/2021

Florida leads the nation in kids hospitalized for COVID

The Sunshine State leads the nation in another alarming coronavirus statistic: Kids hospitalized with COVID-19. Florida had 32 pediatric COVID-19 hospitalizations per day between July 24 and 30, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adjusted for population, that’s 0.76 kids hospitalized per 100,000 residents, the highest rate in the country. The Florida Department of Health reported 10,785 new COVID-19 infections among children under 12 between July 23 and 29. That’s an average of 1,540 new cases per day. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Florida receives $10.6 million for HIV prevention

Florida is getting $10.6 million as part of a federal initiative called "Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a total of $117 million to state and local health departments to address to expand and tailor HIV prevention strategies in local communities. In Florida, the money will be split between seven counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Broward, Duval, Miami-Dade, Orange, and Palm Beach. [Source: WUSF]

More Florida hospitals postpone elective surgeries

More Florida hospitals are postponing elective surgeries as COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state reach record highs. The average daily hospitalization rate among adults ages 18-39 in Florida has increased about 150 percent in the past two weeks, according to HHS data. [Source: Becker's Hospital Review]

Fried: Agriculture Department will release daily COVID numbers

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried plans to have her department release daily reports on COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations because the Florida Department of Health - under her political foe, Gov. Ron DeSantis - has switched to providing such information once a week. Fried, the only Democrat holding a statewide office and a 2022 candidate for governor, said she is still working on how the information will be provided, through press conferences, news releases or online posts. [Source: News Service of Florida]

Florida nursing homes adjust testing, visitation policies amid COVID surge

Some nursing homes are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases among staff and residents as COVID-19 surges in Florida and vaccination rates lag. This is leading to some changes in operations. Facilities in counties with high positivity rates are testing staff more frequently, according to Kristen Knapp, communications director for the Florida Health Care Association, which represents more than 80% of the state's nursing homes. In some cases, that means going from testing monthly to testing twice a week, depending on the level of community spread in the surrounding area. [Source: WJCT]

ALSO AROUND FLORIDA:

› Sarasota Memorial Hospital: No visitors due to COVID surge
Sarasota Memorial Hospital will begin a no-visitor policy on Monday in an effort to protect patients and staff from rising cases of COVID-19. “We know how important visitor support is to our patients, but these new restrictions are for everyone’s protection,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. James Fiorica said Friday.

› Lee Health offering free urgent care telehealth visits
Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases across Southwest Florida, Lee Health is making its Lee Telehealth service free until further notice, instead of the normal cost of $49 per visit. The Lee Telehealth service connects patients directly with a physician or advanced provider and is available 24/7.

› UF Health Jacksonville CEO remembered as community 'bridge-builder,' loving dad
Dr. Leon L. Haley Jr. was remembered Saturday as a compassionate healer, a loving father, a man of faith, and a physician at the forefront of Jacksonville's battle against COVID-19 who put the welfare of patients and the community first. Amid their grief, his three children — Grant, Wesley and Nichelle — as well as Haley's longtime friends and colleagues shared their memories of the late UF Health Jacksonville CEO during his funeral Saturday morning.

› Most hospitals are reluctant to mandate vaccines for workers. That may soon change.
There may be no better argument for employees of Miami-Dade’s Jackson Health System to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than the young nurse colleague who has been hospitalized with the disease for the past three weeks. “It makes it very real,” said Alix Zacharski, a nurse and manager of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami. “It hits us now.”

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