COVID-19 Surges Among Unvaccinated in Florida, Contrary to Baseless Claims

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Florida wellness officials person reported a 60% emergence successful COVID-19 cases, and hospitals are reporting that 95% of COVID-19 patients are not afloat vaccinated. But a Facebook station makes the baseless claims that Florida’s numbers are not going up, and that each COVID-19 patients precocious admitted to a Palm Beach County infirmary had been vaccinated.

In caller weeks, Florida has seen a surge successful caller COVID-19 cases, and it has one of the highest rates of new infections successful the U.S.

The Florida Department of Health reported 73,199 caller COVID-19 cases passim the authorities betwixt July 16 and July 22. That was an summation of much than 60% from the 45,584 cases reported the erstwhile week, and a 210% summation from the 23,554 cases reported the week earlier that one.

On July 17, much than 5,300 Floridians were successful the hospital with COVID-19, the Florida Hospital Association reported, a 65% leap since July 16. The FHA’s July 28 COVID-19 report showed 8,816 hospitalizations.

Yet a fashionable Facebook station falsely claims that reports astir Florida’s spike successful cases are not accurate. “Don’t judge the hype that Florida numbers are up. It’s a blatant lie,” reads the July 25 post from Facebook user Erin Marie, whose afloat sanction is Erin Marie Olszewski. She claims to person gotten confirmation from “many of my different nursing colleagues present successful Florida.”

But the information says otherwise.

In summation to the numbers we noted supra from the Florida Department of Health and the Florida Hospital Association, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that arsenic of July 28, Florida had 94,520 COVID-19 cases successful the past 7 days — the highest full successful the nation. Florida’s seven-day lawsuit complaint of 440.1 cases per 100,000 radical was 2nd lone to Louisiana’s 554.1 cases per 100,000.

In that aforesaid seven-day clip period, Florida besides led the federation successful full deaths from COVID-19, with 404, according to the CDC. Florida’s seven-day complaint of 1.9 deaths per 100,000 radical was 3rd among each states, down Nevada (3 per 100,000) and Arkansas (2.7 per 100,000).

As of July 28, the CDC said new admissions of Florida patients with confirmed COVID-19 averaged 1,206 implicit the 7 days betwixt July 20 and 26. That was a much than 60% summation from the seven-day mean of 751 admissions the erstwhile week.

Hospitalizations successful Palm Beach County

An representation attached to the Facebook station besides claims that a caregiver astatine “one of the hospitals successful Palm Beach County” said the each COVID-19 patients being admitted astatine her infirmary had been vaccinated.

“ALL THE PATIENTS GOING INTO THE HOSPITAL, WITH COVID, ARE ALL VACCINATED!!” the representation reads successful part. “The vaccinated are the sick ones!!!!”

It’s not wide which Palm Beach County infirmary the station references, but we recovered nary grounds to enactment that claim.

Dr. Alina Alonso, manager of the Florida Department of Health successful Palm Beach County, told the Palm Beach Post in a July 23 nonfiction that caller infections successful the region are being driven by “unvaccinated 18-to-44-years-olds that are partying, going to gatherings and they’re coming down with the infections.”

Alonso said the authorities wellness section recovered that little than 1% of recently infected radical countywide were vaccinated, the paper reported.

“While we don’t person circumstantial information connected this point, successful our regular conversations with hospitals astir the state, they study to america that much than 95% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients are not afloat vaccinated,” Savannah Kelly, manager of communications astatine the Florida Hospital Association, told america successful an email.

“We are besides seeing that the mean property of individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 is overmuch younger than erstwhile peaks,” Kelly said. “The champion defence against COVID-19 is the vaccine. The COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and recommended by aesculapian experts for everyone property 12 and older.”

As we person reported, the COVID-19 vaccines person been effective against variants of the coronavirus truthful far. That includes the highly transmissible delta variant, which is present the ascendant strain successful the U.S.

“Each decease is tragic and adjacent much heartbreaking erstwhile we cognize that the bulk of these deaths could beryllium prevented with a simple, safe, disposable vaccine,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, manager of the CDC, said astatine a Senate hearing on July 20.

Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner urged residents to motion up for vaccinations successful April, aft helium received his archetypal dose of Moderna’s vaccine.

As of July 29, 57.9% of Palm Beach County residents had received astatine slightest 1 dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 50.3% were afloat vaccinated, according to CDC data. Those are somewhat higher percentages than the state arsenic a whole, which, arsenic of July 29, had 57.2% of residents with 1 changeable and 48.7% afloat vaccinated.

Nationally, 57.2% of each Americans person received astatine slightest 1 dose and 49.4% are afloat vaccinated, as of July 29.

Editor’s note: SciCheck’s COVID-19/Vaccination Project is made imaginable by a assistance from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The instauration has no control over our editorial decisions, and the views expressed successful our articles bash not needfully bespeak the views of the foundation. The extremity of the task is to summation vulnerability to close accusation astir COVID-19 and vaccines, portion decreasing the interaction of misinformation.


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