TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Hospital Association, the state’s leading voice for hospitals and health systems, today provided the following update on COVID-19 in the state. Statewide data is derived from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS Statewide COVID-19 Update: Current Confirmed COVID-19 Hospitalizations: 11,515 Percent of Previous Peak (7/23/20): 113% Total New COVID-19 Cases: 17,001 Inpatient Bed Utilization (all patients): 84% Inpatient ICU Bed Utilization (adults): 86.5% Source: COVID-19 Reported Patient Impact and Hospital Capacity by State FHA Hospital Update: The following information is being released by the Florida Hospital Association from a survey of hospitals completed Monday, August 2, 2021. This survey reflects responses from hospitals representing 82% of Florida’s acute care hospital beds. COVID-19 hospitalized patients in ICU: 21% COVID-19 hospitalized patients on ventilator: 13% COVID-19 hospitalized patients transferred from nursing homes/long-term care: 2.7% Hospitals expecting critical staffing shortage in next 7 days: 60% Hospitals expanding patient care into non-care areas in next 7 days: 23% “Current hospitalizations and the growth rate continue to be extremely troubling,” said Mary C. Mayhew, President and CEO, Florida Hospital Association. “But vaccines work! The fact that less than 3% of current hospitalizations arrived from nursing homes and long-term care facilities shows the state’s focus on vaccinating and protecting Florida’s seniors and most vulnerable has worked.” The Florida Hospital Association will continue communicating with all Florida hospitals and state officials and provide additional updates as events warrant. ### About the Florida Hospital Association Founded in 1927, the Florida Hospital Association is the leading voice for health care in the State of Florida. Through representation and advocacy, education and informational services, the Florida Hospital Association supports the mission of more than 200 hospitals and health care systems to provide the highest quality of care to the patients we serve. Led by President and CEO Mary Mayhew, the Florida Hospital Association has offices in Tallahassee and Orlando and is governed by a Board of Trustees and officers elected by the member institutions. For more information, visit www.fha.org.