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'Bracing for the worst' in Florida's COVID-19 hot zone

Virus Outbreak Floridas Hot Zone
Posted at 9:28 AM, Aug 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-20 09:28:47-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) — Hospitals are overflowing with COVID patients in northeast Florida, the hot zone in the state's latest surge.

But the patients rapidly filling wards in Jacksonville are younger than last summer’s peak outbreak. And they’re getting sick faster.

The caseload is more than double that surge at Baptist Health’s hospitals.

They're making do by converting empty spaces, adding more than 100 beds and working overtime to persuade people to get vaccinated.

Florida accounts for 1 in 5 cases nationwide as the highly contagious delta variant spreads.

Baptist's medical director says they're “bracing for the worst.”

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering