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Staff at one Florida hospital figured they had seen the worst of Covid-19. They may be proven wrong

July 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Staff at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville figured they had seen the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Jacksonville, Florida (CNN)Staff at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville figured they had seen the worst of the coronavirus pandemic.

And with the national average of new daily cases this week up 66% from last week and 145% from two weeks ago, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, health experts worry that with only around 47. 8% of the state fully vaccinated, it will not be enough to keep the situation from getting worse.

Nielsen said 90% of the UF Health Jacksonville Covid-19 patients are not vaccinated.

"We could be an entire hospital full of Covid in a matter of a month if things don't begin to slow down or vaccinations don't increase," Neilsen said.

Though he has encouraged vaccination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ruled out the possibility of another lockdown and said the current situation is a similar pattern to what the state has seen before.

It doesn't help that about half of the hospital's staff is unvacinated, he said.

"My greatest fear is that patients continue to pour in, and we are unable to give them the care that we need because we don't have staff or resources," Neilsen said.

"Staffing shortages are really starting to affect not only us but the rest of the hospital community here in Jacksonville, and if we don't have staff to take care of patients that's when we are going to have real problems. "

After the winter surge in January, the hospital lost a lot of nurses, clinicians and doctors who no longer wanted to work in hospitals, Neilsen said.

Meanwhile, Debra Wells is one of 32 Covid positive patients in her unit, and she said before she came into the Jacksonville hospital, she thought she was going to die.

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