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Update: Rising COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and vaccine numbers on the First Coast

Most experts say the spike is due to the fast-spreading delta variant.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the First Coast and the state of Florida.

Florida reported 110,477 new COVID-19 cases between Jul. 23 and Jul. 29. This pushes the state's overall total to 2,590,699 cases since March 2020.

As of Aug. 4, the total confirmed COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state was 12,041, according to the Florida Hospital Association. This was the fourth day in a row Florida broke its daily COVID hospitalization record. 

Aug. 3, 11,515 were hospitalized. Aug. 2, 10,389 and Aug. 1, 10,207. The previous record of 10,170 patients was set on July 23, 2020.

The state reports that overall in Florida, 39,079 people have died after being infected with the coronavirus.

Baptist Health

As of August 4, Baptist has 518 COVID-19 patients being treated. Of those, 102 are in the ICU. 15 of the 518 are patients at Wolfson Children’s Hospital. Four of the 15 children are in the ICU. Baptist says 86 new COVID patients were admitted on Aug. 3 and six were children. More than 90% of the COVID-19 patients age 12 or older have not been fully vaccinated. 

As of August 2, Baptist has 507 COVID-19 patients being treated. Of those, 95 are in the ICU. Ten of the 507 are children. Baptist has added more than 100 more beds to accommodate the surge in COVID-19 since early July when “escalated aspects of Emergency Response Plan”.

As of July 29, there are 433 COVID-19 positive patients across the 5-hospital health system with 91 of those patients in the ICU. Baptist says 15 of the 438 patients are in Wolfson Children’s Hospital. 

As of July 28, there are 430 COVID-19 patients across our 5-hospital health system. Of those, 13 of the 430 patients are in Wolfson Children’s Hospital.

As of July 27, there are 418 COVID-19 positive patients throughout the Baptist Health system. Of these patients, 85 are in the ICU. There are 18 COVID-19 positive inpatients at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, six of which are in the ICU.

As of July 20, Baptist is reporting 253 COVID patients admitted within its five hospital systems and 59 within the ICU across all hospitals.  A spokesperson said only 1 patient of the 253 has been fully vaccinated. Nine are children.

On July 15, Baptist health told First Coast News they had 170 COVID patients in their hospital, which was already an increase from the week before. Of those, 36 of those patients were in the ICU and almost all of them were unvaccinated.

UF Health Jacksonville 

As of August 4, there are 239 total COVID cases with 54 in the ICU. The hospital also says they have started rescheduling any elective surgery that requires a multiple-night stay. So that means if someone had to stay two or more nights their surgery will be rescheduled.

As of August 2, there are 238 COVID patients overall at UF Health Jacksonville.

As of July 27, at UF Health Jacksonville, there were 177 coronavirus patients being treated. 

As of July 20, 127 coronavirus patients were being treated. 

A spokesperson says the majority have not been vaccinated.

Flagler Hospital

As of July 27, 74 patients are hospitalized at Flagler Hospital with the virus.  This exceeds the facility's previous peak which was 59 in January 2021.

It was determined Tuesday to postpone certain inpatient procedures currently scheduled to take place in the hospital’s main operating rooms. The patients affected by this have already been notified.  

The latest calculation shows that 74% of the Flagler Health+ team members are vaccinated

Mayo Clinic

The Mayo Clinic reported on July 15 that 95% of outpatient and hospitalized COVID-19 cases are among people who are unvaccinated.

Those numbers have to be understood as part of a wider trend in the state, where COVID cases are on the rise.

New numbers released by the CDC and several nonprofits show COVID vulnerability in Florida's different counties, and the first coast is pretty high on the list.

In total, a little more than half of the top 15 highest-risk counties are in our area including the top three in the state: Baker, Nassau and Duval counties.

About one in every five COVID tests is coming back positive.

Overall, 10,220,834 people or 47% of Florida's population has been fully vaccinated.

RELATED: Baptist Health Jacksonville halts some elective surgeries as COVID-19 cases surge on the First Coast

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