August 17 2021 – The Florida Hospital Association, the state’s leading voice for hospitals and health systems, provided the following update today on COVID-19 in the state. Statewide data is derived from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

HHS Statewide COVID-19 Update:

Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations: 16,521

Percent of Previous Peak (7/23/20): 162%

Total New COVID-19 Cases: 21,669

Inpatient Bed Availability (all patients): 14.2%

Inpatient ICU Bed Availability (adults): 8.2%

Percent of Inpatients with Confirmed COVID-19 (all patients): 36.1%

Source: COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by State

FHA Hospital Update:

The following information is being released by the Florida Hospital Association from a survey of hospitals completed Monday, August 16, 2021. This survey reflects responses from hospitals representing 83% of Florida’s acute care hospital beds.

  • COVID-19 patients in ICU: 22.5% (steady from 8/12)
  • COVID-19 patients on ventilators: 15.1% (steady from 8/12)
  • COVID-19 patients transferred from nursing homes/long-term care: 2.5% (steady from 8/12)
  • Hospitals expecting critical staffing shortage in next 7 days: 75.6% (8.7% increase from 8/12)
  • Hospitals expanding into non-care areas in next 7 days: 29.2% (steady from 8/12)

“There can be no question that many Florida hospitals are stretched to their absolute limits,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association. “While hospitalizations continue to increase, three out of four Florida hospitals expect to face critical staff shortages in the next seven days, an increase of nearly ten percent since last week, and half of our hospitals will no longer accept transfer patients from other facilities.”

The Florida Hospital Association will continue communicating with all Florida hospitals and state officials and provide additional updates as events warrant.

About the Florida Hospital Association Founded in 1927, the Florida Hospital Association is the leading voice for health care in the State of Florida. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, the Florida Hospital Association supports the mission of more than 200 hospitals and health care systems to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. Led by President and CEO Mary Mayhew, the Florida Hospital Association has offices in Tallahassee and Orlando and is governed by a Board of Trustees and officers elected by the member institutions. For more information, visit www.fha.org