Miami-Dade hospitals to report COVID-19 numbers and bed availability

DORAL, FL – Miami-Dade hospitals will go back to reporting COVID-19 numbers and daily bed availability under an emergency order reinstated by Mayor Daniella Levine Cava to be effective since this Friday.

The order, that was canceled on November 4 when the number of cases reported improved significantly in the county, requires hospitals to report the numbers of COVID-19 cases treated every day, make a count of vaccinated patients, of those treated in intensive-care units, as well as of available ICU beds and ventilators, reported the Miami Herald.

Issued back in July when the delta variant hit the region, the step taken by the local administration with the reestablished order aims at reducing the impact of the newly omicron variant that has spread all over the world and was detected on the county’s wastewater system.

In addition, judging by the numbers of positive cases in Miami-Dade County, it seems like the virus is spreading again locally. Recently it was reported that 7% of COVID-19 tests administered came out positive, up from the 1% positivity rate registered 30 days ago.

Florida is also at risk since 4,127 new COVID-19 cases were reported to the Centers for Disease Control on Tuesday, marking the most cases reported in a single day since Oct. 1, and more than 62,000 deaths have been reported.

“We’re doing everything possible to make sure we’re responding to this,” the mayor said Wednesday.

The order of December 14 to be effective at the end of this week, would revive the daily hospital data summaries on Miami-Dade’s COVID-19 dashboard.


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