The fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic has preyed upon thousands of people and destroyed hundreds and thousands of homes. All across central Florida, cases are uncontrollable, as hospitals continue to overflow with patients and morgues are overburdened by the deceased.
Morgues, Crematoriums And Funeral Homes Are Overwhelmed In Florida
Records of daily new cases in Florida continue to break their own records from the previous weeks, the number of deaths climbing higher. The US Department of Health and Human Services data reports an average of 279 deaths every day from the last week.
Though the hospitals suspect these deaths and have not confirmed yet, that they succumbed to COVID-19. The number of fatalities averaged 52 daily a month ago.
Central Florida’s AdventHealth hospitals are struggling to stock essential resources to pace with the surging cases, deaths, and overburden by the pandemic, said Jeff Granger, the group’s spokesperson.
In counties like Volusia, Osceola, Seminole, Orange, and Polk, the morgue capacity has been surpassed, according to the Orlando Sentinel. In an email, the group of hospitals said that they are utilizing ever refrigerated and rented coolers at their ten campuses. These coolers are speedily filling up.
Maria Rosales, the owner of a company that functions for picking up dead bodies from hospitals and carrying them to morgues, crematoriums, or funeral homes, says that she has witnessed a higher death rate in the last few weeks. She said that the state is seeing a situation where larger trucks are required to store the bodies.
She added that her company’s drivers are stuck and waiting at morgues and funeral homes as numerous other companies also struggle to carry bodies at the same time. According to several other news sources, funeral directors are warning that their facilities are being overburdened.
The health department of Florida refused to reply to an email requesting their statement.
A relief sign is that the rate of hospitalizations is decreasing in recent days. According to the Florida Hospital Association, they have reported a 4% decrease in last week, adding the warning of not letting it get over their heads and continue to take precautions.
President Mary Mayhew said that the country might be seeing an onset of a downward COVID-19 trend in hospitalizations but as cases continue to rise, it is too early to be triumphant.
The Florida Health Department has reported more than 44,000 deaths in the COVID-19 pandemic, which included 1,727 additional recent week’s deaths. The daily average of the week is ranging from a minimum of 212 to a maximum of 247.
The report also states about new cases that have crossed 151,760 in a week. While people in the age group of 20 and above are less likely to get infected, the rate of infection and hospitalizations keep on rising in teenagers and children by over 28%, causing a spike in the rate of cases in the state.
The hospitals of Florida have reported 211 kids with coronavirus infections as of Friday. The rate of pediatric infections has increased, but the number only averages between 1.3% of total infected patients.
Columbia County reports the highest COVID-19 cases in the state per capita. Before starting her high school junior year, Jo’Keira Graham, just a 17-year-old girl, succumbed to the lethal infection. She was quarantined in her Lake City home after she tested positive for the virus. She loved taking care of her grandparents and kids, said Tina Graham, her grandmother. She was talking on a call with her when she collapsed and died. Her grandmother said that she was continuously saying she couldn’t breathe.
Aaron, who was a young 35-year-old man, died in a period of 12 hours before his brother, Free Jaggi died. They were admitted to two different Jacksonville hospitals. They lived with their mother. Pequignot, who is like the family’s adopted daughter, said the brothers were everything to their mother.