Jacksonville, Florida. – Florida experienced another disturbing milestone this week, reaching 9,000 deaths among residents and staff in long-term care facilities related to the coronavirus, the vast majority of which involved senior citizens in nursing homes and assisted living facilities .
Data released by the Florida Department of Health on Saturday showed that the state has also added 156 COVID-19-related deaths. According to state data, more than 25,500 residents and tourists in Florida have died from the virus.
The Johns Hopkins University website that tracks pandemic data shows that overall, Florida’s COVID-1
Of the deaths reported in Florida on Saturday, there were 5 in St. Johns County (151 in total), 4 in Putnam City (96), and 3 (35) in Bradford. Duval County reported that News4Jax had the highest number of deaths among the 11 counties tracked in Florida, at 863.
Florida reported another 12,311 cases on Saturday, and since the pandemic began last year, the total number in the state has reached 1,639,914.
In autumn and winter, the number of cases and deaths are on the rise.
Governor Ron DeSantis (Ron DeSantis) has fixed his COVID-19 strategy on vaccination, focusing on people 65 years of age or older, who face special health risks caused by the virus. In an appearance on Fox News on Friday, DeSantis touted to provide at least the first dose of vaccine to nearly 1 million elderly people.
“Let’s talk about the elderly first. This is the issue that we need to pay attention to for people aged 65 and over.” DeSantis said. “There are young, healthy workers who are receiving treatment in other states. God bless them, but I want to protect our vulnerable groups.”
But vaccine supplies are still limited, and the elderly continue to constitute the majority of people who die from the virus.
As of last Friday’s statistics, there were 20,797 deaths in Florida from people over 65. It accounts for 83% of the total deaths, and this proportion has remained relatively unchanged in the past few months.
Long-term care deaths are another indicator of the costs that the pandemic continues to inflict on older people.
Another 85 long-term care deaths were reported on Friday, bringing the total to 9097, accounting for approximately 36% of all deaths in the state. Since the pandemic began, more than 100 long-term care deaths have been reported in 26 of the state’s 67 counties.
Since the outbreak, at least 70,000 hospitalized cases in Florida have been attributed to the new coronavirus. The Florida Department of Health and Health reported on Saturday afternoon that the current 6,707 hospitalized cases were mainly diagnosed as COVID-19, which was less than 7,367. People at the beginning of the week.
In Florida, at least 1,328,175 vaccinations have been vaccinated, and 151,447 people in the state have received the two vaccines they need. However, some vaccinations have to be closed because they have run out of medicines, and qualified people continue to feel frustrated. Ability to make appointments.
But officials are trying to increase vaccination against the coronavirus, and there are concerns that this new, more contagious variant may gain a foothold in the state.
The Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of Sunday, Florida had 46 confirmed cases of the more transmissible strain of COVID-19, surpassing the 40 confirmed cases in California. The strain was first discovered in the UK in December and has begun to spread globally.
Early evidence seems to indicate that the new strain is not more lethal than the previous strain that killed nearly 24.2 million illnesses and more than 400,000 deaths in the United States. Florida is currently processing 1.6 million confirmed cases, with nearly 10,000 new cases reported on Tuesday and another 160 deaths. To date, the state has reported more than 24,400 virus-related deaths.
Dr. Frederick Southwick, a professor of medicine at the University of Florida and an expert in infectious diseases, said: “This new strain is more infectious, which means more people will be infected.” “If we have a problem, we Now we will face more problems.”
Communities across the country are waiting for an increase in infections as they wait for more doses of the two vaccines to be approved for use against the virus.
“The game plan is the previous plan: vaccinate as many people as possible as soon as possible to try to really contain the virus and reduce the total number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths,” said Director Dr. Glenn Morris. Institute of Emerging Pathogens, University of Florida.
The Florida Associated Press contributed to this report.
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