‘The summer Delta surge in Florida is over,’ Florida Hospital Association CEO says

ORLANDO, Fla. — The CEO of the Florida Hospital Association said Friday that the summer surge of the COVID-19 delta variant is finally over.

“While COVID-19 remains a concern, the summer Delta surge in Florida is over,” said Mary C. Mayhew, president and CEO, Florida Hospital Association, in a statement.

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The association reported Friday that 2021 hospitalizations due to COVID-19 dropped below hospitalization levels in 2020. According to data from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Friday’s hospitalization numbers stand at 2,251. In 2020, COVID-19 hospitalizations totaled 2,327 on Friday’s date.

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The FHA said the state reached its peak of 17,121 on Aug. 23, 2021.

“While the worst of the delta surge is behind us, getting vaccinated remains the best protection against serious illness, possible hospitalization, and death from COVID-19,” Mayhew said.

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Sarah Wilson

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Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.