Jacksonville COVID-19 surge is anticipated to final a number of weeks

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The recent coronavirus surge caused by the Delta variant is not slowing down and is affecting all of Jacksonville.

News4Jax has watched the number of patients in local hospitals continue to rise along with the number of deaths related to the virus. Health officials said it will most likely stay on the upswing for the next several weeks.

Here are the current figures for the three hospital groups that we have given us to pass on to you:

  • Baptist Health has 560 COVID-19 patients and 12 are children. The hospital admitted 84 new patients Thursday, including three children. There are 102 patients in the intensive care unit, including three children.

  • UF Health has 240 patients, seven more than yesterday, including 52 in intensive care.

  • Ascension St. Vincent’s has 408 COVID-19 patients, 19 more than Thursday, and 116 are in intensive care.

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News4Jax has also asked about emergency rooms and every facility says they are still open but very crowded. And those without life threatening situations could wait a long time.

The public perception is if you arrive at the hospital in an ambulance you will be seen immediately, but that is not the case, according to the Jacksonville Fire Department.

Some hospitals like Baptist and UF Health have expanded their intensive care units to cope with the influx of patients, and the average length of stay in the intensive care unit is around 10 days.

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Visits are limited in most facilities.

The pandemic also affects first responders and keeps some of them off the road.

When the police and fire brigade are on the phone, they do not know what the situation is like. In some cases, they’ll be told it’s a COVID-19 alert, but not always.

JFRD employees continue to have the highest number of people temporarily unemployed because of the virus.

At the moment there are 50 members of JFRD who are positive for the coronavirus. Not a word about how many have been or have been hospitalized. In addition to those with the virus, there are another 101 employees who are now being quarantined as a precaution.

At the Jacksonville Sheriff’s office, we are told that 91 employees are being quarantined due to the virus. JSO didn’t say how many of them are positive.

In JSO correction facilities there are 98 inmates who tested positive as of Friday afternoon.

The number of affected municipal employees has even decreased compared to the previous week.

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