Miami / After the hangover over the weekend of July 4, Florida authorities reported 6,336 new cases of COVID-19 and 47 deaths from the virus in the last 24 hours, a situation that is beginning to put some of the smallest counties where there are hardly any ICU beds available.
After two consecutive days in which the more than 10,000 daily cases were surpassed, there was finally a respite in the rate of spread of the disease in this state, which has become one of the new sources of contagion in the United States in between of its economic reopening.
With the cases recorded today, there are 206,447 infected people and 3,880 deaths since March 1, the date the first case was officially registered.
The incidence of COVID-19 is higher in southern counties than in the rest of the state, although also in the center and southwest there are pockets with increasing cases.
In Miami-Dade, the epicenter of the coronavirus in Florida, cases increased in 1981 to 48,992, and in Broward and Palm Beach reached 21,856 and 17,242, with 617 and 406 new, respectively.
According to Florida Department of Health figures, 150 people were admitted to healthcare facilities in the past 24 hours.
Some regions are beginning to see their hospitals become saturated, especially in small counties like Clay or St. Lucie, where there are only 4% of free beds in Intensive Care Units (ICU).
In Miami-Dade or Broward, with much greater hospital capacity, 23.12% and 22.92% of beds in medical centers are available and if only ICU beds are counted, there are 19.61% and 17.56% free, respectively.
Since Monday, some health centers, such as the Jackson Health System hospital network, have limited surgical procedures and will only perform those that are urgent.
RESTAURANTS CLOSE AGAIN
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez announced Monday that all restaurants will be closed next Wednesday (except for food delivery or pick-up), as well as ballrooms, banquet facilities, gyms, party venues and short term rentals.
“We want to ensure that our hospitals continue to have the number of workers necessary to save lives,” Giménez said in a statement.
The restaurant industry has been one of the most affected by the pandemic and this reversal is “frustrating” for restaurant owners, as Florian Tomás, a partner in two Spanish food establishments in Miam, told Efe.
Tomás regrets closing again when they began to “see a little light” and blames people’s “unconsciousness” more than a premature opening of the economy.
In a statement to Efe, he says that “the economy had to roll,” it could not continue to stop, and that “if the population had respected the rules, we would not have come to this.”
Tomás, who was ill with COVID-19 and took 40 days to fully recover, says that since Las Tapas de Rosa reopened, he has “spent the day” telling people to put on their mask and keep their distance.
He has met people who “did not sit well” with his reminders and there has been “everything”, he stresses, convinced that there are people who “are not aware of what this is and think that it will not happen to them.”
For the time being, the mayor assured that he will allow “various outdoor activities” to be kept open, including swimming pools in condos and hotels, summer camps and nurseries with restrictions on the capacity and use of a mask.
Giménez also indicated that the beaches, which were closed over the weekend, will reopen from tomorrow, but warned that “if people do not follow the rules” they will be forced to close them again.
The county-wide curfew will continue until further notice for all non-essential or religiously-minded workers from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM every day.
Florida International University (FIU) expert Aileen Marty explained to local network NBC 6 that this is a situation stemming from “our behavior” and to which “we were heading millions of miles per hour.” (July 7, 2020, EFE / PracticaEspañol)
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