‘Our capacity is getting towards 100%:’ Duval County hospitals impacted by rise in COVID-19 numbers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — COVID-19 cases are on the rise in our area. The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows an increase in cases and level of transmission in Duval County.

Action News Jax’s Courtney Cole spoke to our Action News Jax Medical Expert, Dr. Michelle Aquino. She said they are almost at full capacity, because their numbers have jumped up over the past two weeks.

“I will tell you that I was on the COVID ward, two weeks ago. And when, when I started on Monday and my week, we had a total of 70 COVID patients in all four Baptist hospitals, including Wolfson’s,” Dr. Aquino explained.

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Dr. Aquino, an Internist at Baptist Health, says that number was up to 130 as of Monday.

“Our capacity is getting towards a hundred percent, not only in our hospital, all the hospitals, Memorial, St. Vincent’s. UF Health. We’re all seeing the same thing across the board, Okay. Here in Duval County,” Dr. Aquino explained.

However, Dr. Aquino said, as of Tuesday, elective surgeries are continuing at all Baptist facilities.

Ascension St. Vincents, Memorial Hospital, And Mayo Clinic are also continuing elective surgeries.

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We’re still waiting to hear back from Flagler Hospital and UF Health.

The latest CDC COVID-19 data for Duval County, available on Tuesday, July 13, shows: an 52.46% increase in cases and a 5.39% increase in the level of transmission of the virus.

“Delta is here. Protect yourself. Wear your mask. If you haven’t vaccinated, definitely socially distance if you have not been vaccinated. If you are vaccinated, you’re good. You really are. The chance of you getting any significant illness from COVID is, is minor,” said Dr. Aquino.