Delta Variant Hits AdventHealth Florida Hospitals “Like a Freight Train”
12 August 2021 | The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported recently on the explosion of Delta variant cases that are stressing AdventHealth facilities and other hospitals in Florida to their limits.
“This surge has come at us like a freight train,” said Neil Finkler, AdventHealth Central Florida’s chief clinical officer, as quoted by the WSJ.
He said the dramatic escalation in cases is taking place as demand for other medical care has returned.
The August 9 WSJ article said that out of seven of AdventHealth’s Orlando-area hospitals, six were beyond full capacity.
The highly contagious Delta variant is increasing both the number of COVID-19 patients and their arrival rate, stressing the system’s ability to provide beds.
“Florida’s steep rise in coronavirus cases since late June has pushed COVID-19 hospitalizations to new records. Coronavirus patients now fill at least 43% of Florida’s adult intensive-care beds,” reports the WSJ.
“This really is a lesson to all of us and a warning for other parts of the U.S. that have not yet experienced this,” said Vincent Hsu, AdventHealth’s executive director of infection prevention.
Hsu added that vaccines are effective at preventing severe illnesses and hospitalization. According to the WSJ, Hsu urged the public and AdventHealth staff to get shots.
The WSJ reported that AdventHealth doesn’t require its workforce to get vaccinated but would not comment on this policy.
To comment, click here.
Before you go…
Your financial support allows us to keep growing the best thing about Adventist Today: our international family of readers, writers and other contributors.
Since the start of the pandemic we have expanded from being an independent news and commentary publisher to actively engaging and growing our AT community via features such as our weekly Sabbath Seminar gathering and AT1, our weekly on-demand vespers program.
In a time of uncertainty when much of the world still suffers from indoor isolation, being part of the AT community means more than ever.
Your support has allowed the AT family to grow in diversity as more and more writers, presenters and musicians have joined our family from around the world. No lockdown can stop the growth we’ve experienced together.
We couldn’t have grown like this without your support.
Thank you for giving generously to build the future of AT. Donate to Adventist Today by clicking here: atoday.org/donate