Dozens of Fla. hospitals at ICU capacity

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis gives an update on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic during a press conference at Florida’s Turnpike Turkey Lake Service Plaza, in Orlando, Friday, July 10, 2020. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT —Saturday, July 11, 2020

More than 50 hospitals in Florida have reached maximum capacity in ICU beds as the state’s coronavirus cases continue to increase. On Friday, the Sunshine State hit another single-day record with 11,433 cases and over 400 hospitalizations.

According to Governor Ron DeSantis, there are plenty of beds still available. He has has dismissed sensational reporting of the capacities and emphasized that’s “how hospitals are normally run.”

Yet, health care staffers have voiced concerns.

“The mood is uncertainty,” said one surgical technician. “We don’t really know when it’s going to end, how it’s going to end or how it’s going to affect us.”

Vehicles wait in line at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

DeSantis recently sent 100 contract nurses to Tampa Bay, which is one of the hardest hit areas in the state. He has urged Floridians to seek medical attention for all emergencies.

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