Miami-Dade hospitals continue to see a dramatic increase in the number of patients with coronavirus, and many are already reaching their maximum capacity. The tension grows day by day and experts say that what follows for the next few weeks does not look encouraging.
Friday marked 13 consecutive days in which the rate of people who tested positive for the COVID-19 after taking the test it is above 20%, with Thursday reaching a worrying 33.5%.
According to the new normal report published daily by the Mayor of Miami-Dade Carlos Gimenez, on Friday the intensive care rooms in the county hospitals were at 97.23% capacity. Of 397 intensive care beds available in total, 386 are already occupied, leaving only 11 beds available.
At Jackson Memorial Hospital they are at 80% capacity and they fear for what is to come: “They are approaching the eight days after July 4th, which is when people also left, so we are preparing for a significant increase in patients next week, ”said Dr. David de la Zerda, head of intensive care at JMH.
The county is evaluating opening the hospital enabled at the Miami-Beach Convention Center due to the pandemic of coronavirus.
But although it is equipped and ready, the Emergency Department replied to Noticias 23 that at this moment its support strategy is to increase the personnel in the existing facilities, opening additional capacity in the hospitals.
Dr. Aileen Marty, an FIU specialist infectologist, commented that for now patients are being sent from COVID-19 from Miami-Dade County to other counties. The doctor added that figures for the percentage of people who test positive, such as 33.5% on Thursday, are astronomically high, since they mean that one in three people has COVID-19.
The Baptist hospital network also reported that its 10 centers are quite busy with coronavirus cases, with some already at full capacity and others nearing it.