- Advertisement -
Home News What's behind the surge of Covid-19 cases in Florida

What’s behind the surge of Covid-19 cases in Florida

- Advertisement -

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional 3,286 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the state total to 103,503.

“Municipalities received guidelines on reopening but they do not have guidelines on when to pull back, which is why it is so critical to monitor the cases closely before the hospitals and ICUs start to have capacity issues — which is something we have avoided so far in Miami-Dade County,” said Dr. Mary Jo Trepka, the head of the epidemiology department at FIU.

People are ‘out and about’

Health experts can’t really say for sure why cases have risen, but from the data, it’s clear that community transmission is ongoing, Trepka told CNN. “More people are out and about,” she said. “That has most likely contributed to it.”

Trepka cited other factors as well, including children being out of school, the Memorial Day weekend and the recent protests in which some demonstrators did not wear masks. New research, however, suggests Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a jump in coronavirus cases.

To limit transmission, she said, people should continue to perform the basic practices recommended by health officials over the past three months: Wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands and, most importantly, stay home if you are sick or have symptoms.

“Stay home until you get the test result back and it’s negative,” she said.

Florida is one of the states that does not have a statewide requirement that masks be worn, though the state’s health department recommends them.

Local governments such as Miami-Dade County require the use of masks. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, a Republican, told CNN on Monday that large venues where rallies or sports events are held would not be opening and that Miami was not heading into the third phase of reopening because of the rise in cases.

“It has really nothing to do with an increased amount of testing. It has to do with more people that are getting tested coming out positive,” Suarez said.

The county is seeing record numbers of Covid-19 patients, the Miami Herald reports. One medical center in Homestead reached its ICU limit on Tuesday after county officials identified it as a hot spot of new cases.

“Countywide, hospitals report far more beds available than beds filled with COVID patients. Still, hospital administrators and emergency room physicians say they’re concerned by the surge, and that they’ve resumed near daily meetings with state regulators,” the newspaper wrote.

Patients now are younger and not as sick as they were in April, The Herald wrote. That, combined with the knowledge gained then, means shorter hospitalizations and healthier results.

Over the weekend, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis attributed the surge in cases to “testing more.” He said the vast majority of the cases in Florida now are in people with no symptoms.

Counties such as Broward and Duval have a “large 20-to-30-year-old population, mostly asymptomatic. But we’re also seeing that not only are they testing positive because they’re testing more, they’re also testing positive at a higher rate,” said DeSantis, a Republican.

DeSantis said testing has also increased because of people “returning to the workforce.”

Another ICU demand surge?

States seeing an increase in the number of new Covid-19 cases will face “another ICU demand surge,” said Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo, director of infectious diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

“There are time lags between the peak numbers we’re seeing reported and the consequences that get people into the ICU. So you’re looking at this two- to three-week period,” Marrazzo told CNN on Tuesday.

“What makes me very concerned is that we are already seeing a spike in ICU admissions in a place like Florida,” she said. “And yet, the cases are continuing to climb. So, we’re going to be facing another ICU demand surge in not that long a time.”

'It's still deadly': Florida Republicans urge caution as state sees spike in coronavirus cases

It is “really important for us to think about the implications there — in terms of readiness and in terms of blunting the consequences of these increased cases,” Marrazzo added.

Dr. Andrew Pastewski, the head intensive care unit physician at Jackson South Medical Center in Miami, is also seeing a surge in patients, he said.

“A week ago we had eight patients, none on a ventilator,” Pastewski told CNN on Tuesday. “We were feeling like we were handling this well. We had a nice Covid floor, 24 beds with the capability of four ICU ventilators in that unit, so we thought we could use that as our Covid floor going forward.

“And within 10 days, we’re now at over 40-plus patients, four on ventilators. We’ve had to find a second Covid unit and are looking for a third Covid unit right now.”

Pastewski has two sets of patients in the ICU now: older patients who may live in a nursing home, and younger patients in their 50s and 60s, he said.

Some of his colleagues are not seeing an increase in Covid patients going into ICU units as of now, Pastewski said.

“Some of them don’t know that there’s any kind of Covid surge happening because they only handle the Covid ICU patients,” he said. “My group at Jackson South sees every Covid patient in hopes of catching them before they get sick, so I know that the numbers are higher.”

This recent rise in cases among young adults could lower Covid-19 death rates unless those same young adults infect others, according to a tweet from Dr. Tom Frieden, former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“With younger age of recent infections in at least some places such as Florida, expect a lower death rate in this wave … until the 20-to-40-year-olds who are infected today go on to infect others,” Frieden, president and CEO of the initiative Resolve to Save Lives, tweeted Sunday.

The shift of the coronavirus pandemic to younger Americans is not necessarily good news, said Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute.

Younger people are less likely to get sick and less like to die from the virus, Jha told CNN. But even if they aren’t sick, they can infect others, he noted.

“Those younger people have parents. They have grandparents, and they are going to go see those people,” he said.

“The more the virus spreads, the more everybody is vulnerable.”

CNN’s Jay Croft, Melissa Alonso, Gisela Crespo, Maggie Fox, Jamiel Lynch and Hollie Silverman contributed to this report.


- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Stay Connected


Must Read

- Advertisement -

Opinion: The Minneapolis ‘Defund the Police’ ballot question should alarm Democrats nationwide

In addition to New Yorkers deciding who will take over managing America's largest city, the races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia will...

Related News

Opinion: The Minneapolis ‘Defund the Police’ ballot question should alarm Democrats nationwide

In addition to New Yorkers deciding who will take over managing America's largest city, the races for governor in New Jersey and Virginia will...

British lawmaker David Amess dies after being stabbed: Live updates

British lawmaker David Amess, a member of Boris Johnson's ruling Conservative Party, is seen at the House of Commons in October 2016. (Zoe Norfolk/Getty...
- Advertisement -


  1. You actually make it seem really easy along with your presentation however I
    to find this topic to be really something which I believe I might never understand.

    It seems too complicated and extremely huge for me.
    I’m looking forward to your subsequent publish,
    I will try to get the dangle of it!

  2. Good post and straight to the point. I don’t know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you guys have any ideea where to hire some professional writers?

    Thank you 🙂

    my blog post … Keto Lipozin

  3. I must thank you for the efforts you have put in writing this blog.

    I am hoping to check out the same high-grade content by you later on as well.
    In truth, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my own, personal site now 😉

  4. I needed to post you a very little remark to finally say thanks yet again just for
    the gorgeous ideas you’ve discussed on this site.
    It is quite generous of you to allow without restraint precisely what most of us
    might have marketed as an e-book to generate some dough for themselves, specifically seeing
    that you could have tried it in the event you decided. Those things in addition worked to become
    a fantastic way to understand that the rest have similar dream really
    like my very own to know great deal more
    with respect to this matter. I am sure there are a lot more fun situations ahead for folks who
    read carefully your website.

    Here is my page; Burst Audio Earbuds

  5. Thank you for your website post. Thomas and I have already been saving to buy a new book on this theme and your short article has made all of
    us to save all of our money. Your notions really answered all our
    queries. In fact, a lot more than what we had acknowledged in advance of the time we stumbled on your superb blog.
    We no longer have doubts including a troubled mind because you have attended to each of our
    needs in this article. Thanks

    my website: shihan.com.ru

  6. Hey There. I discovered your weblog the use of
    msn. This is a very neatly written article. I’ll be
    sure to bookmark it and return to read extra of
    your useful info. Thank you for the post. I will definitely comeback.

  7. I am sure this article has touched all the internet people, its really really nice piece of writing on building
    up new weblog.

  8. Hello are using WordPress for your blog platform? I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you require any coding knowledge to make your
    own blog? Any help would be really appreciated!

    my page – Boltz Pro Review

  9. Asking questions are truly fastidious thing if you are not understanding anything totally, however this post gives fastidious understanding

  10. Helpful info. Fortunate me I discovered your website by chance, and I’m shocked why this coincidence did not took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

  11. [url=http://ixcialis.com/]generic cialis 5mg online[/url] [url=http://askcialis.com/]can you buy cialis online in canada[/url] [url=http://genericviagranow.com/]canadian pharmacy viagra 200mg[/url] [url=http://buycheapcialis.com/]cialus[/url] [url=http://sxcialis.com/]can i buy tadalafil in mexico[/url] [url=http://viagrasearch.com/]where can i buy viagra online uk[/url] [url=http://seroquelx.com/]seroquel 150 mg price[/url] [url=http://sildenafillowcost.com/]compare sildenafil prices[/url] [url=http://cialisvx.com/]cialis 20 mg tablets[/url] [url=http://tadalafilabc.com/]cheapest tadalafil prices[/url]

  12. Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate!
    He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to
    him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

    my blog rftitanforge.com

  13. Good day! I simply want to give you a big thumbs
    up for the great information you’ve got right here on this post.
    I’ll be returning to your website for more soon.

    Visit my web-site :: volatilereaction.com

  14. Hi there this is somewhat of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with
    HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted
    to get advice from someone with experience. Any help
    would be enormously appreciated!

    My webpage … http://www.atomy123.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=407899

  15. hi!,I love your writing very much! share we communicate extra about your article on AOL?
    I need a specialist on this space to resolve my problem.

    Maybe that is you! Looking forward to look you.

  16. This design is steller! You certainly know how to
    keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos,
    I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Fantastic job.

    I really loved what you had to say, and more than that, how
    you presented it. Too cool!

    Here is my web-site – Performinax; clubriders.men,

  17. Greetings! Very useful advice within this post! It is the little changes that
    will make the most significant changes. Thanks for sharing!

  18. 176881 732222really very good goodthis post deserves almost absolutely nothing hahaha merely joking: S nice write-up: P 678496

  19. Wow that was odd. I just wrote an incredibly long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t appear.
    Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

    Feel free to surf to my blog Gorges De Soleil Anti Wrinkle Cream

  20. I don’t know if it’s just me or if everybody else experiencing issues
    with your site. It appears as though some of the text within your
    posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback and let me
    know if this is happening to them as well? This may be a problem with my web browser because I’ve
    had this happen before. Cheers

    Here is my web page: Insta Frost Portable AC

  21. I simply couldn’t depart your site before suggesting that I really enjoyed the standard information a person provide
    on your guests? Is going to be back often in order to check out new posts.

    my homepage – Jolt Alpha Ingredients

  22. [url=http://buyrealcialis.com/]where can i buy generic cialis online[/url] [url=http://cialisur.com/]canadian pharmacy cialis[/url] [url=http://ordercialispills.com/]cialis online uk[/url] [url=http://sildenafilhot.com/]sildenafil canada[/url] [url=http://cialisfm.com/]buy tadalafil paypal[/url] [url=http://orderviagratabs.com/]sildenafil soft 100mg[/url]

  23. The one particular requisite with a teaser bet is that the
    movement of the line or total should be applied
    to every group in that parlay.

  24. [url=http://ivermectinsp.com/]where can i buy stromectol[/url] [url=http://ivermectiner.com/]stromectol 15 mg[/url] [url=http://hydroxychloroquinetb.com/]quineprox 50 mg[/url] [url=http://buyingsildenafil.com/]best generic sildenafil[/url]

  25. Hello, Neat post. There is an issue along with your
    web site in web explorer, could test this? IE still is the
    market chief and a good component of other people will miss
    your wonderful writing because of this problem.

  26. Great ? I should certainly pronounce, impressed with your web site.
    I had no trouble navigating through all tabs and related information ended up
    being truly easy to do to access. I recently found what I hoped for
    before you know it in the least. Reasonably unusual.
    Is likely to appreciate it for those who add forums or something,
    web site theme . a tones way for your client to communicate.
    Nice task.

    Feel free to visit my page – Solvolt Review

  27. An impressive share, I just given this onto a colleague who was doing a little analysis on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast because I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you become expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more details? It is highly helpful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  28. ceebook neco account questions answers essay obj and practicals midnight account answers truted ceebook neco account questions answers essay obj and practicals midnight account answers answers

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I quite enjoyed reading it,
    you happen to be a great author.I will ensure that I
    bookmark your blog and will eventually come back
    very soon. I want to encourage you to ultimately continue your great writing, have a nice weekend!

  29. If some one needs expert view concerning blogging after
    that i recommend him/her to go to see this web site, Keep up the fastidious job.

  30. I am sure this article has touched all the internet visitors, its really really good piece of writing on building up new webpage.

  31. Thanks for another informative web site. Where else may I am getting that type of information written in such a perfect approach?
    I’ve a mission that I am simply now working on, and I have been on the look out for such information.

    Feel free to surf to my site: http://cozumubuldum.com/

  32. I simply could not go away your site prior to suggesting that I actually enjoyed the usual information a person supply on your guests? Is gonna be back incessantly in order to check out new posts.

  33. I blog often and I seriously thank you for your information. The article
    has truly peaked my interest. I will take a note of your
    site and keep checking for new details about once per week.
    I opted in for your RSS feed too.

  34. naturally like your website but you have to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    A number of them are rife with spelling issues and
    I in finding it very bothersome to inform the truth however I
    will definitely come again again.

  35. I just couldn’t depart your web site before suggesting that I extremely loved the usual information a person supply to your guests? Is going to be again steadily to inspect new posts.

  36. I blog quite often and I really appreciate your content. This article has really
    peaked my interest. I’m going to take a note of your blog and keep checking
    for new details about once per week. I opted in for your RSS feed
    as well.

  37. I really like what you guys are up too. This sort of
    clever work and reporting! Keep up the great works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to blogroll.

  38. I happen to be writing to make you be aware
    of of the cool experience my friend’s daughter undergone checking yuor web blog.

    She came to find a lot of issues, most notably how it is like to have a very effective teaching mindset to let
    men and women with no trouble fully understand a number of complicated subject areas.
    You actually exceeded readers’ expected results. I appreciate you for rendering
    the essential, trustworthy, educational and even cool thoughts on that topic to

    my site http://www.canmaking.info

  39. Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this
    board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out much.

    I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

  40. I?m amazed, I have to admit. Rarely do I encounter a blog that?s both equally educative and amusing,
    and without a doubt, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is
    an issue that not enough people are speaking intelligently about.
    Now i’m very happy that I stumbled across this in my hunt for
    something regarding this.

    my webpage cadets.wycombeaircadets.org

  41. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of
    any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter
    updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite
    some time and was hoping maybe you would have some
    experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything.
    I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new

    my web site – Pure Kana CBD

  42. Greetings! Very useful advice in this particular post! It’s the little changes that make the greatest changes.
    Thanks a lot for sharing!

  43. I have been exploring for a little bit for any high-quality articles
    or blog posts in this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I ultimately
    stumbled upon this web site. Studying this information So i
    am satisfied to convey that I’ve an incredibly good uncanny feeling I came upon exactly what I
    needed. I so much definitely will make certain to don?t omit this site and give it a glance
    on a constant basis.

    Here is my homepage; weight loss foods

  44. Good site! I really love how it is easy on my eyes and the data are
    well written. I am wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made.

    I’ve subscribed to your RSS which must do the trick!
    Have a great day!

    Feel free to visit my site; seeds require long

  45. I’m impressed, I must say. Rarely do I encounter a blog that’s equally educative and
    interesting, and without a doubt, you have hit
    the nail on the head. The issue is an issue that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I am very happy I stumbled across this in my search for something regarding this.

    My blog … heal eczema

  46. I am not sure where you are getting your info, but great topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more.

    Thanks for excellent info I was looking for this information for my mission.

    Also visit my web site – seed sprouts

  47. I do not know if it’s just me or if perhaps everybody else encountering issues with your website.
    It appears like some of the text on your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please provide feedback
    and let me know if this is happening to them as well?
    This may be a problem with my browser because I’ve had this happen previously.

    Feel free to surf to my website; cunnilingus tips

  48. I was extremely pleased to discover this great site.
    I wanted to thank you for your time for this particularly fantastic read!!
    I definitely enjoyed every part of it and i also have you book
    marked to check out new things in your web site.

  49. Hi, i think that i saw you visited my weblog
    so i came to return the choose?.I’m trying to find issues to improve my site!I suppose its good enough to
    use a few of your ideas!!

  50. I feel you’re on the right track with your blog. You’ve got a great deal of fascinating information that new viewers will appreciate.

  51. We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your web site provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done an impressive job and our whole community will be thankful to you.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here