COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise across Central Florida


The number of COVID-19 cases in Florida is heading way up, and more and more people are winding up in the hospital.



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It’s a trend local health providers are watching with concern.

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WESH 2 News got a look at the latest information.

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Every Thursday, AdventHealth holds a briefing on social media, and the briefing on July 15 included a continuing increase in not just cases, but in hospitalizations of people sick with COVID-19. Seminole County reports 75 cases in the four hospitals combined, 25 of the 75 in the ICU.

WESH 2 News reached out to Orlando Health, but was told it couldn’t provide any numbers.

“Cases in Florida are up more than 200 percent in the last two weeks,” said epidemiologist Dr. Vincent Hsu.

COVID-19 cases are climbing quickly as people have mixed and mingled, and the number of people getting vaccinated is decreasing.

Across all of AdventHealth’s Central Florida facilities, they are treating 430 people with COVID-19; as of last week, they were caring for 310.

“The good news is that we are not seeing infections in patients who are fully vaccinated in the hospital, almost everyone who is hospitalized with COVID are unvaccinated,” Hsu said. “There are reports of vaccinated patients who have been infected, but again, the data is good that it protects against serious infections, hospitalizations and deaths.”

AdventHealth said even with the significant increase in hospitalizations, it isn’t concerned with bed availability, pointing out the that system is well below its COVID peak.

Doctors are also stressing that people should get the vaccine, saying while the vaccine won’t make a person bulletproof to COVID, it provides a lot of protection.

“It basically puts Kevlar on you, so you’re not going to feel the full impact of the virus,” Dr. Michael Keating said.

And as the new school year approaches, both doctors stressed that kids who are eligible should get the vaccine, and masks should be worn by younger kids and those who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I would still strongly suggest your child mask while in school because most children are symptom free, but could be carriers,” Keating said.

“If your child has not been vaccinated and is eligible to get a vaccine, please strongly consider getting your child vaccinated, that’s the best protection for your child,” Hsu said.

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Publish date : 2021-07-15 23:32:00

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