Perhaps in an effort to blunt the perceived political threat of GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis, many Democrats have singled Florida out for harsh criticism in regard to statewide mandate — or lack thereof — amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even as new cases remain high, however, the number of COVID-related hospitalizations across the state has declined dramatically in recent days.
According to the Washington Times, Florida could be on the downside of a recent surge caused by the highly transmissible delta variant. If so, it could be an indication that DeSantis managed the public health crisis successfully despite the leftist assertions to the contrary.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently reported that there were 15,488 COVID-19 patients were in Florida hospitals this week, which is a reduction of about 8% in the span of a week.
At the same time, the seven-day average of new cases was pegged at around 21,489, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number represents a slight improvement over a peak of around 21,761 about a week earlier.
WTVT reported similar numbers found in the research of the Florida Hospital Association.
That organization determined that the rate of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 decreased by about 10% from a recent peak of 16,973 on Aug. 19.
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Although COVID-19 patients represented less than one in three overall hospitalizations, they still made up just over half of those admitted to an intensive care unit.
ℹ Florida COVID-19 Update for August 30, 2021
🚨 Total Confirmed Hospitalizations: 15,488 pic.twitter.com/EJwSN8z6Id
— Florida Hospital Association (@FLHospitalAssn) August 30, 2021
DeSantis has also been a proponent of monoclonal antibodies used as therapeutic treatment for COVID-19 infections, which might have been a factor in the decreasing rate of hospitalizations in the state.
At a promotional event on Monday, the governor called out media outlets and public health officials for failing to spread the word, asserting: “Had this been promoted better, I think you would have kept a lot of people out of the hospitals and saved a lot of lives.”
He went on to bolster his point by posting a collection of statements from patients and health care professionals regarding the successes they have seen in using the treatment to reduce the duration and severity of COVID-19 infections.