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Covid-19 cases in Florida surge, peak of hospitalization ‘sometime in front of us’ 

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Jul 13, 2020 - 01:22 PM

LMBC NEWS – Florida on Sunday has recorded the largest single say rise of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases with 15, 299 since the global outbreak, the Department of Health statistics show.

The new cases have pushed Florida’s total cases to 269, 811.

Also with additional 45 deaths, the state’s Covid-related deaths increased to 4,346.

The health department’s statistics further show that Florida has surpassed the record set by California on Wednesday – with 11, 694 new Covid-19 cases.

The surge in the number of infected individuals led a health facility in guessing that the peak of the hospitalization is ‘sometime in front of us and in July.’

Terry Shaw, president of Florida’s largest hospital chain AdventHealth, said in an interview with CBS’s Face the Nation that the state is indeed in a “very stressful time.”

“Based upon the testing, my guess is that the peak is sometime in front of us and in July, and that would assume that people do what they need to do from both a distancing perspective and from a masking perspective to slow down the spread of the virus,” he said, noting that the disease can be transmitted from one person to another.

He said the best help that all can do is to wear a mask and maintain six feet distance from other people.

He noted that the state is more prepared this month rather than in March. “We have adequate personal protective equipment. We have a stockpile of ventilators, and we have an amazing clinical team that have taken best practices from around the globe and put them into our treatment protocols,” he said.

Despite the rising cases, Shaw does not fear the opening of the Walt Disney World that can gather people.

“I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Disney as a healthcare CEO based upon the fact that they’re working extremely hard to keep people safe,” he said.

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