Friday dawned in Florida with the fact that in the last 24 hours had been confirmed 3822 new cases of coronavirus. This is a new record number –daily for the last week has exceeded the number of new cases – for a single day. Florida, a month that began the process of reopening economic in the state, has become the new high point of the spread, adding to the already 85.926 cases and 3061 deceased persons.
Today Governor Ron DeSantis spoke at a press conference from the campus of Florida International University, in the county of Miami-Dade, where while he acknowledged that the increase in the number of cases is worrying, attempted to bring calm to ensure that the hospital system is operating normally without entering into a protocol crisis. According to DeSantis, this variable is the most important.
“Florida has double the capacity in the hospitals around the state today than at the beginning of the pandemic, even when the surgery electives are in progress”, said DeSantis, who in addition reported that the average age of the new infected is 37 years during the month of June, while in march the average age of those who were infected was 65 and a half years. This implies that the new infected are usually asymptomatic (or minimal symptoms) and not end up in the hospital. 85 percent of those who died as a result of COVID in the state are over the age of 65 years.
For the first time, DeSantis held a press conference surrounded by the main managers of the hospitals in the area, who endorsed the theory that the hospitals are ready even if the cases are on the rise.
“At this time, we have about 150 patients COVID in the hospital, and 45 of them are in intensive therapy. Even if doubling of the number of cases, we would have enough beds for everyone”, said Carlos Migoya, CEO of Jackson Health System, the public hospital in Miami, who also confirmed that as of today only 10 percent of the operations of your hospital are dedicated to the treatment of COVID-19.
DeSantis, accompanied also by the Miami-Dade county mayor Carlos Gimenez, made a lot of emphasis on that the only key to move forward without the virus continue to rise exponentially is in the collaboration of all the residents of Florida.
“If we follow the indications of the new normal, we can have an economy and get rid of the virus at once. If you do not adhere to these guidelines, our numbers are going to continue rising and the situation is going to be much worse, even forcing us to have to make the decision to re-close, which is what nobody wants to do,” said dr. Aileen Martin, an expert in infectious diseases at the International University of Florida.
At the state level there is a requirement to use masks, although some counties themselves have imposed. What is required throughout the state is to maintain the social distance. Miami-Dade has announced this week that it will begin to haunt traders who do not comply with the new rules, even with the closure of the premises. At the moment there has been no closure.
The Florida Medical Association (FMA for its acronym in English), the physician group with greater political influence in Florida, did not participate in the press conference today but sent in parallel a press release to the media. There are pressing local governments to require the use of masks. “The science is clear. Individuals, even asymptomatic, they can send particles to spray while you breathe and speak. Do not use face mask increases the risk of contagion,” indicates the statement, signed by Ronald Gliffer, President of the FMA.