Dozens of Florida hospitals have run out of intensive care unit beds amid the state’s skyrocketing coronavirus spike.
At least 56 hospitals in 25 of the state’s 67 counties have run out of ICU beds and another 35 hospitals are down to 10% or less in capacity, according to data released by the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration.
The data shows that the state has just 962 ICU beds remaining out of a total of 5,023.
The state reported nearly 10,000 new confirmed cases and 333 new hospitalizations on Wednesday.
DeSantis refuses to release coronavirus hospitalization data:
The data released showed all hospitalizations in the state but not data specific to coronavirus hospitalizations, which Gov. Ron DeSantis promised to release last week.
"All the data that goes into this is all available," DeSantis claimed during a press conference on Tuesday.
"I have the spreadsheet from that data, Governor. It is not available," a journalist retorted.
"Obviously not everything is presented in this report but just an unbelievable amount of data is available," he argued.
Texas, Arizona at risk:
Arizona, which has the highest infection rate in the country, has just 10% ICU capacity remaining, which translates to only about 167 beds.
Texas has seen its coronavirus hospitalization rate double over the last two weeks and numerous major cities are approaching maximum ICU capacity.
"I'm trying not to be an alarmist. I'm an emergency physician -- we're prepped for this… But we can't just build beds overnight. We can't just hire staff overnight," Arizona physician Dr. Murtaza Akhter told CNN. "Our numbers are only increasing. It's only going to get worse and that's the scary part."