MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Florida is becoming the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, and just this week, cases jumped 50 percent, with more than 110,000 new cases reported.
Case numbers are now back to where they were in January before the vaccine became available.READ MORE: Adobe Analytics Finds Flight Bookings Fell 24% In August
âThere is no higher risk area in the United States than weâre seeing here,â said Dr. Aileen Marty, FIU infectious disease expert.
âThe numbers that weâre seeing are unbelievable, just unbelievably frightening.”
According to the Florida Health Department, the new positivity rate for all of Florida is at 18.1%. In Broward, itâs 14%, Miami-Dade is at 12.1%, and Monroe County is at 16.2%.
And according to the Florida Hospital Association, COVID-19Â hospitalizations are nearing last yearâs peak.
Florida now has more people hospitalized than any other state.
Dr. Yvonne Johnson, Chief Medical Officer at Baptist South Miami Hospital, said the number of patients in her COVID ward has quadrupled in the past 3 weeks.
âEighty to eighty-five percent of those people who are hospitalized are unvaccinated. And 100 percent of the people in my IUC are unvaccinated. All those people are suffering unnecessarily.âREAD MORE: Vigil Held In Orlando For Missing Teen Miya Marcano After Day Of Searching
Other hospitals likeÂ Memorial Health CareÂ System say they are overwhelmed
âThis morning, we had over 420 patients with COVID. And 55 are in the ICU.â
âIn the ICU, 55 people are fighting for their lives and only one of them is vaccinated.â
âMost of the patients are in their 30s and 40s and it is very sad to have someone die in the ICU by themselves without a touch of someoneâs face of seeing loved ones,â said Juana Mejia, a COVID ICU nurse manager.
According to the Florida Health Department, 61% of the population is vaccinated.
While some still choose not to get their vaccineÂ Friday at Tropical Parkm people said the Delta variant has alarmed them.
âIâm getting it for the first time because of the new variant.â
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âWe were just scared, but now itâs so contagious.Â So,Â we needed to do it.â