The federal authorities has despatched a whole lot of ventilators and different oxygen units to the state of Florida following a request from native well being officers as coronavirus circumstances and associated hospitalizations proceed to rise throughout the state.
The Strategic National Stockpile despatched 200 ventilators, 100 high-flow nasal cannula kits and associated medical provides to the state earlier this week, a Health and Human Services spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost on Wednesday.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), who has continued to downplay issues in regards to the virus’ unfold, instructed reporters on Tuesday that he wasn’t conscious of well being officers’ request and expressed doubt that it was true. Florida’s hospitals are reporting their highest numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations for the reason that pandemic started, in response to knowledge from the Florida Hospital Association and HHS.
“I would honestly doubt that that’s true, but I’ll look,” DeSantis stated of the provides request, which ABC News first reported and is unquestionably true.
“We have a lot of stuff that we stockpiled over the last year and a half through the Department of Emergency Management,” he added, referring to the state’s Division of Emergency Management.
A spokesperson for the Florida Department of Health instructed HuffPost that the state’s well being care services had requested the additional medical provides and the DOH then assessed that request.
“The Department routinely works with the federal government to ensure adequate resources are available and ready to be distributed at all times, as done with this recent request,” DOH spokesperson Weesam Khoury instructed HuffPost.
DeSantis’ workplace didn’t reply to HuffPost’s request for remark Wednesday.
COVID-19 circumstances have been rising throughout the nation in latest weeks, although Florida has turn out to be a specific hotbed for infections.
With the exception of Glades County (which nonetheless has a “substantial” transmission fee of the virus, marked above in orange), each single county within the Sunshine State has a “high” transmission fee (marked in pink), in response to the newest HHS state profile report, which was launched Friday.
As of Friday, new COVID-19 circumstances throughout the state have additionally elevated by greater than 28% from the earlier week, and deaths rose by 146%, in response to that report.
A survey accomplished Monday by the state’s Hospital Association discovered that 20% of Florida’s COVID-19 hospital sufferers are in an intensive care unit, 14% of the state’s COVID-19 sufferers are on a ventilator, and 68% of the state’s hospitals count on crucial staffing shortages inside the subsequent week ― an 8% enhance from the week earlier than.
DeSantis has in the meantime put his efforts towards stopping native governments and colleges from imposing masks necessities designed to assist forestall the virus from spreading.
On Monday, DeSantis’ workplace threatened to withhold the pay of superintendents and college board members who implement mask-wearing. This follows him signing an government order that prohibits masks mandates at school districts.
“I think the fairest thing to do is just say let parents make the decisions,” he not too long ago stated of his masks stance whereas at a hospital in Tampa.
He has additionally blamed President Joe Biden for the rise in coronavirus circumstances, falsely saying Biden has “imported more virus from around the world by having a wide-open southern border.” (That will not be the case. Restrictions on nonessential travel on the U.S.-Mexico border stay in place.)
Recently requested in regards to the rise in circumstances in his state, which doesn’t even share a border with Mexico, DeSantis expressed optimism that the virus will die down by itself.
“You’ll see these increases, they go and they excel and then the growth will slow,” he stated Tuesday, in accordance to WEAR-TV.
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