Orange County COVID-19 cases reach 1,000 a day; AdventHealth says ICU is full


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AdventHealth Central Florida nears all-time high COVID-19 hospitalizations

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Under that status, some elective outpatient surgeries and nonemergent procedures could be rescheduled to increase capacity, Victor Herrera, MD, chief medical officer of AdventHealth Orlando (Fla.), said in a July 26 news briefing. AdventHealth's West Florida division said July 26 that no changes to elective procedures have been made at its locations in Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Marion, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

At the news conference, Dr. Herrera said AdventHealth's Central Florida division has about 862 COVID-19 inpatients, which is near its peak of roughly 900 patients in January. 

"More than 90 percent of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 across our nationwide system are unvaccinated," AdventHealth said July 26. "We continue to urge everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, which is the most effective way to prevent hospitalization and death from COVID-19 as well as prevent new variants of the virus from spreading."

AdventHealth elevates to level red with nearly 900 patients hospitalized with COVID-19

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The hospitals have been under a green status, or business as normal, for a few months when vaccinations were increasing but on Thursday AdventHealth announced it was elevating its status to “yellow” and now AdventHealth is again upgrading to a level “red.”

AdventHealth Orlando Chief Medical Officer Dr. Victor Herrera addressed the change on Monday during a COVID-19 update with Orange County officials.

“We are approaching an all-time high, in terms of our inpatient, number of COVID-19 cases, which is a stretch in our capacity,” Herrera said.

Across the hospital system, there are 862 COVID-19 patients hospitalized as of Monday morning, according to AdventHealth officials. This includes hospitals in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Polk, Volusia and Flagler counties. The number of virus patients currently is nearing the peak the health care system saw in January with 900 patients.

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A level red status means hospitals will defer all non-time-sensitive elective outpatient surgeries effective Tuesday. Patients will be notified if their surgeries need to be rescheduled.

“When we are in a situation like this one where our capacity is a stretch, we may have to reschedule care, that is not urgent. So as a reminder that is what level red means, we do a systematic review of all procedures that are scheduled for patients, and if there is something that can wait,” Herrera said. “Then we make that decision, in collaboration with a doctor taking care of that patient, so we can increase our capacity.”

Despite the elevated status, AdventHealth officials said it is not at risk of reaching capacity.

“Although we are in a very tight capacity situation. We stand ready to meet the demands of our community, and all the healthcare needs,” Herrera said. “We have the appropriate equipment, space and everything that is needed — even if cases continue to go up — to continue to care for COVID and not COVID-19 patients.”

The chief medical officer said 90% of patients in the hospital now have not been vaccinated.

Herrera also specifically addressed vaccine hesitancy among women who are looking to get pregnant or are currently pregnant. There is no evidence that any of the available COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility or impact a woman’s menstrual cycles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Herrera said the hospital is currently caring for a pregnant woman who is intubated in the ICU. He said the hospital is seeing more pregnant women with COVID-19 than the previous surge in cases.

“This is a reminder to our community, and pregnant women to consider the COVID-19 vaccine, and to have that conversation with their doctors. We want to encourage pregnant women to think about vaccination,” he said. “Again, we don’t know yet if this is related to the delta variant, but clearly, there is a higher number of pregnant women very sick with COVID-19 right now compared to before.”

Dr. Raul Pino, Orange County health officer with the Florida Department of Health, said the county reported 13 deaths last week, the youngest was 27 years old. All those individuals were unvaccinated.

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Mayor Jerry Demings reported on Orange County, Florida’s current COVID-19 cases in a press conference today, saying, “we are in crisis mode.”

Orange County is seeing almost 1,000 new COVID-19 cases a day, which is about the highest peak the county saw in 2020. Demings is urging residents to get vaccinated. Approximately 61% of Orange County residents aged 12 and older have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Mayor Demings has also been urging businesses to require masks indoors again regardless of vaccination status. The county cannot enforce a mask ordinance due to legislature by Governor Ron DeSantis, but private businesses can. Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort have yet to make any changes to their current mask guidelines, which do not require vaccinated guests to wear them.

The 14-day rolling positivity rate in Orange County has more than tripled in the past month, currently sitting just under 14%. The state of Florida accounts for 20% of the country’s new COVID-19 cases.

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Orange County mayor says there are nearly 1,000 new COVID-19 cases daily

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Central Florida leaders are on high alert as more positive cases of COVID-19 are popping up across Central Florida.

Orange County leaders said recently that everyone should wear masks indoors now due to the recent spike in positive cases.

A recent report from the health department said that Orange County is in roughly the 14% range when it comes to the COVID-19 positivity rate.

In Seminole County, officials said the positivity rate went from 14% to 18%. They say that over the last two weeks, there has been a slight increase in people getting vaccinated there.

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During a news briefing on Monday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said one month ago, the COVID-19 positivity rate was at 4.28% in Orange County, and now, as of Saturday, it was at 13.96%.

Demings also said officials are looking into opening an additional vaccine and testing site, since the site at Barnett Park has become so busy with people wanting to get tested lately.

"We need to move the needle faster," Demings said, referring to getting people vaccinated. He went on to say that local businesses are being encouraged to "make decisions on what they value."

Over the next 48 hours, Demings said he and other officials will be considering whether or not to make new changes on mask wearing rules.

AdventHealth has been put on "level red" status, meaning some medical appointments and procedures will be postponed or rescheduled.

According to health officials who spoke Monday, hospitalizations are up in Orange County and the age range of those who have died are between ages 27-85.

Health officials also urged pregnant women to get vaccinated, because they said currently they are treating pregnant women who have been intubated at local hospitals.

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