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Commissioner Fried With the Daily COVID Numbers, Says Only 6.9 Percent of The State’s ICU Beds Are Available

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Fried, the only statewide elected Democrat, holds a daily coronavirus numbers briefing as the Florida Health Department only releases weekly COVID numbers.

Fried says Floridians must get vaccinated and wear a face mask as coronavirus cases continue to surge in Florida.

She says the number of residents hospitalized with COVID in the state has now reached over 17,000 people. 

“August 20th, 17,198 COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida per HHS. 86.1 percent of Florida inpatient beds are in use. 29.3 in use are COVID-19.”

Fried says quite simply, this is an emergency with Florida hospitals at capacity. 

“August 20th, 3,584 Florida ICU beds are in use per HHS. 93.9 percent of Florida ICU beds are in use. 53.53 percent are COVID-19.”

Fried continues to call on Gov. Ron DeSantis, or if necessary the Florida Supreme Court, to reverse a ban on face mask mandates in schools.

She says five districts have already defied the governor’s order, including her home county of Miami-Dade.


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Danielle Prieur

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Danielle Prieur is a general reporter for 90.7 News. She studied journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and interned at 101.9 WDET. She is originally from the metro Detroit area.

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