Concerns about hospital beds in Florida have been building for some time, but the internal Trump administration document suggests that the problem is more severe than had been previously thought. Those concerns have been compounded by allegations that Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration is manipulating or hiding data about the pandemic.
The state’s dashboard shows that 5,328 people are hospitalized for the coronavirus in Miami-Dade. Until recently, DeSantis refused to make hospitalization data available.
There had been hopes that Florida was past the worst, but those hopes have been tempered in the last two days, with the state reporting consecutive fatality records, with 186 deaths on Tuesday and 217 on Wednesday. DeSantis, a Republican acolyte of President Trump, has come under growing criticism for his handling of the pandemic.
Also on Wednesday, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration reported that 51 hospitals across the state had no ICU capacity whatsoever.
A spokesperson for the agency said it was in “frequent communication with hospital leadership with regard to the amount of beds that can be converted to allow additional bed availability. Hospitals plan and prepare for surges, although that additional capacity is not reflected on the dashboard. Some hospitals have discontinued elective procedures as a way to increase bed capacity.”
There is more at the link above including Desantis claiming there is no problem and Florida has less hospitalizations and everything is wonder per tRump’s orders, right? Hugs