Volusia hospitals report a record number of COVID-19 patients

VOLUSIEN LAND, Fla. – Hospital systems in Volusia County say they are now hitting records for the entire coronavirus pandemic. From Wednesday, the degree of positivity in the county was 16.6%.

Halifax Health said COVID-19 admissions have more than doubled in the past week, and doctors expect the number to remain high through early August.

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“We don’t get many answers: ‘Oh, I just traveled all over the country.’ There are a lot of gatherings here, so summer vacation, socializing, the Fourth of July, a combination of all these things, ”said Margaret Crossman, medical director of Halifax Health.

She said the highly contagious delta variant could also be behind the tip.

Crossman said the hospital broke its previous record of 52 patients from Jan. 18 on Monday with 57 patients.

She said they are not worried right now about running out of space. In terms of personal protective equipment, she said in Halifax that they have supplies on supplies, but she said staffing is still a challenge.

“My biggest concern is that we will see more cases that can be prevented, including serious illness and death,” she said.

As of Wednesday, Halifax said it had 72 hospitalized COVID-19 patients with 23 in critical care and 11 in ventilators. Of these 72, eight were fully vaccinated and one of them was in a ventilator.

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AdventHealth executives reported seeing more than a 60% increase in hospital admissions over the past five days at its Central Florida hospitals.

Both health systems emphasized that 90-95% of patients are not vaccinated.

“Right now, the younger age groups are the age groups we really want to focus on,” Ethan Johnson told the Volusia County Health Department.

Johnson said right now, 53% of all residents are vaccinated. He said the department is asking local businesses to help get more on board.

“We continue to work with private companies, churches, municipalities, community-based organizations to deliver COVID vaccines where people are,” he said.

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