HIALEAH, Fla. – In a community that has been a consistent leader across the state in COVID-19 cases, the Mayor of Hialeah has taken to the airwaves in Spanish to combat misinformation and, as he puts it, promote non-partisan public health tools aimed at reduce transmission.
“That we have to get vaccinated and we have to start using our masks again, because if we don’t we are going to find ourselves in a very dark place,” Mayor Carlos Hernández said on Tuesday about his message. “We are almost done.”
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that Florida added more than 50,000 new COVID-19 cases in the past three days, bringing the seven-day average to one of the highest counts since the pandemic began. In total, the state has seen more than 2.6 million cases and 39,179 deaths.
COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state have climbed to the highest levels since the start of the pandemic.
“Here we go again with another wave,” said Marc Lotter of the Florida Hospital Association.
Govt. Ron DeSantis said Tuesday on a visit to South Florida that “I don’t think we’ve reached the peak yet.”
As the number of COVID patients, mostly unvaccinated, continues to put pressure on hospital bed capacity, children’s hospitals say they are seeing more children fall ill with the virus.
Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital reports 12 pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19 on Tuesday. Of them, two are in the ICU.
Holtz Children’s Hospital says it has three, all of which have serious underlying conditions. One of them is in the pediatric ICU.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking having to place young children in the ICU,” said Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University.
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The Florida Hospital Association is calling for everyone eligible for a vaccine to receive one, including frontline healthcare workers.
“The only thing we need right now in the state of Florida in our hospitals is our bedside doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists,” Lotter said. “We need you by the hospital bed, not in a hospital bed.”
Hialeah is launching a new vaccine site in Babcock Park, which opens Wednesday.
Deward County opens new test site in Markham Park on Wednesday after opening another in Tradewinds Park
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