A surge of coronavirus cases in Florida has maxed out dozens of intensive care units (ICUs) at hospitals around the state, following an attempt by local officials to institute a phased reopening of the economy.
Over 40 hospitals are now hitting their limit with regard to ICU capacity, according to a CNBC News report.
This news comes on the same day that Florida reportedly announced its second-highest one-day COVID-19 infection rate.
“We’re putting ourselves at risk and other people aren’t willing to do anything and in fact go the other way and be aggressive to promote the disease,” Dr. Andrew Pastewski, who serves as ICU medical director at Jackson South Medical Center, told Reuters. “It’s just disheartening.”
Palm Beach County school board member Marcia Andrews told the Palm Beach Post that local officials are ill-equipped to handle the current uptick in confirmed cases and were caught flat-footed by the resurgence.
“We’re truly not ready,” she said. “We’re not ready from a health standpoint. And we’re not ready from a planning standpoint.”
“There’s no need to be fearful,” he added.
Fox News’ Bradford Betz and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report