WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The latest coronavirus number in Florida has set a record high of over 15,000 cases in just a single day.
- The number of hospital admissions has also overwhelmed the state since July 7, with most facilities reaching full capacity.
- Dr. Fauci made a related projection in June during a Senate inquiry, and he warned the numbers would be grim if the rate continues.
Florida state’s Health Department reported a new record high in the number of new coronavirus cases, reaching more than 15,000 cases.
The latest number on Sunday brings the total to no less than 269,811 confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Virus death toll in Florida has already reached 4,346, and this includes the latest 45 more.
It was only last July 4 when Florida reached a single-day record of 11,434, and a recent number has increased by almost 4,000.
The state’s Department of Health also recounted that around 143,000 Florida residents were tested on Saturday, and 11.25 percent of those came back positive for COVID-19. The recent number is relatively lower than the result on Wednesday, where 18.35 percent of people were tested positive with the bug.
As the infected numbers in Florida continue to rises, medical facilities in the state have been overwhelmed with admissions. Since July 7, around 56 hospitals in the state have been hanging on capacity with intensive care units, while the other 35 facility’s ICUs have reached more than 90 percent use.
The top executive of Miami-Dade County, Mayor Carlos Gimenez, confirmed to CNN that the beds and intensive care units in hospitals there have been filled with patients.
On July 9, Florida listed 120 new deaths because of COVID-19, over two-folds than the one week average and considerably higher than the state’s earlier number of 83 casualties by April 28.
Notable National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned Americans that the numbers could potentially surge should the spread of coronavirus maintains at this rate.
During a Senate probe in June, Fauci was recalled saying that he will be expecting a 100,000 per day number of COVID-19 cases if the rate continues, noting that he was worried about the statistics.
Fauci added that while he may not give an accurate projection, he was disturbed with the numbers, and other states are still vulnerable even if they have a minimal amount of cases.