COVID hospitalizations up 66% at Cleveland Clinic facilities in last week; Florida cases up 40% – TCPalm

In just a week, the number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 at Cleveland Clinic hospitals on the Treasure Coast has risen about 66 percent, a top hospital official said.
The 156 patients hospitalized Monday at the Cleveland Clinic facilities in Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River counties is an increase from the 94 on Jan. 3, according to an email from Dr. Richard Rothman, institute chair of hospital medicine for the Cleveland Clinic Florida region.
In comparison, there were 61 hospitalized Dec. 30, and 14 hospitalized on Dec. 7 and Nov. 29.
“We are continuing to see the number of COVID-positive patients hospitalized rising,” Rothman wrote.
The 156 cases hospitalized Monday breaks down to: 57 COVID-19 patients at Cleveland Clinic Martin North Hospital in Stuart; 58 at Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital in Port St. Lucie; 40 at Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital in Vero Beach; and one at Cleveland Clinic Martin South Hospital who was to be transferred to Martin North Hospital, Rothman said.
The greatest number of hospitalizations came Aug. 20 when there were 318 patients requiring hospitalization for COVID-19. 
Last week, non-urgent surgeries at Cleveland Clinic hospitals in the state were postponed and visitation policies were changed as the facilities continued to see more patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to officials with the hospital system.
“We have not added any additional modifications to policies or procedures since last week,” Rothman stated. “We are continuing to monitor the situation on a daily basis to ensure vital medical services are not interrupted and that we are providing the safest possible environment for our patients, visitors and caregivers.”
New coronavirus cases leaped in Florida in the week ending Jan. 9, rising 40% as 423,150 cases were reported. The previous week had 302,179 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19.
Florida ranked fifth among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data shows.
In the latest week coronavirus cases in the United States increased 75.9% from the week before, with 4,967,431 cases reported. With 6.45% of the country’s population, Florida had 8.52% of the country’s cases in the last week. Across the country, 49 states had more cases in the latest week than they did in the week before.
The New Year’s holiday weekend significantly disrupted who got tested, how many people got tested, what labs operated and what government agencies reported on time. Many of the New Year’s weekend reports were shifted into the latest week, and the previous week was disrupted by late reporting from the weekend of Christmas. Consequently, week-to-week comparisons will be skewed and these numbers will be unreliable even as they’re accurate to what states reported.
Indian River County reported 1,404 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 660 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 24,859 cases.
Martin County reported 2,267 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 1,291 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 24,844 cases.
St. Lucie County reported 4,765 cases in the latest week. A week earlier, it had reported 2,803 cases. Throughout the pandemic it has reported 57,101 cases.
Within Florida, the worst weekly outbreaks on a per-person basis were in Miami-Dade County with 4,065 cases per 100,000 per week; Broward County with 2,573; and Monroe County with 2,336. The Centers for Disease Control says high levels of community transmission begin at 100 cases per 100,000 per week.
Adding the most new cases overall were Miami-Dade County, with 110,441 cases; Broward County, with 50,254 cases; and Palm Beach County, with 29,147. Weekly case counts rose in 67 counties from the previous week. The worst increases from the prior week’s pace were in Miami-Dade, Hillsborough and Orange counties.
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Florida ranked 18th among states in share of people receiving at least one shot, with 75.3% of its residents at least partially vaccinated. The national rate is 74.3%, a USA TODAY analysis of CDC data shows. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are the most used in the United States, require two doses administered a few weeks apart.
In the week ending Sunday, Florida reported administering another 668,437 vaccine doses, including 173,693 first doses. In the previous week, the state administered 471,604 vaccine doses, including 113,540 first doses. In all, Florida reported it has administered 34,313,030 total doses.
In Florida, 184 people were reported dead of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday. In the week before that, 157 people were reported dead.
Florida does not directly publish county-level death data.
A total of 4,633,077 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began, and 62,688 people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins University data shows. In the United States 60,074,429 people have tested positive and 837,594 people have died.
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USA TODAY analyzed federal hospital data as of Sunday, Jan. 9.
Likely COVID patients admitted in the state:
Likely COVID patients admitted in the nation:
Hospitals in 49 states reported more COVID-19 patients than a week earlier, while hospitals in 39 states had more COVID-19 patients in intensive-care beds. Hospitals in 50 states admitted more COVID-19 patients in the latest week than a week prior, the USA TODAY analysis of U.S. Health and Human Services data shows.
The USA TODAY Network is publishing localized versions of this story on its news sites across the country, generated with data from Johns Hopkins University and the Centers for Disease Control. If you have questions about the data or the story, contact Mike Stucka at


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