Local authorities reported that in the last 24 hours, 13,427 people were admitted to health facilities. In addition, 22,783 new infections were reported.
The state of Florida admitted a record 13,427 new hospitals for COVID-19, compared to 22,783 positive people in a single day, local officials said Friday.
The total number of hospitalizations for coronavirus represents 23.16% of the number of beds available, with 84.2% already occupied, according to figures reported by about 300 medical centers in the state to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS ).
Records for hospitalizations have been breaking every day since last Sunday, according to HHS.
In addition to 22,783 new corona virus cases, 199 deaths were reported, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Friday by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried.
The alarming spike in hospitalizations and cases comes as new incidence data for COVID-19 in children and adolescents show that 135 minors were admitted on Tuesday, more than in any other state in the country except Texas, with 142 hospitalized due to the coronavirus, according to the Miami Herald newspaper.
On the other hand, the Florida Department of Education approved an emergency rule that would grant special school vouchers to families who want to transfer their children from public schools who feel "harassed" by prevention regulations against COVID-19.
The rule, approved unanimously, indicates that parents may apply for the so-called "Hope Scholarship," which allows students to be transferred from school when the "health protocols for COVID-19 of a school district, including the use of mask, represent a danger to the health or education of children".
The CDC recommended in late July that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks inside schools.
These federal prevention guidelines were revised in response to the highly contagious delta variant that spreads across the country, as children under 12 remain ineligible for vaccines. In practice, the proposed rule could divert more students to private schools or out of public school districts due to the COVID-19 protocols.
The Governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, has recently redoubled his refusal to adopt the CDC's recommendations on the use of masks in schools, even though the school systems of Broward, Duval, and Alachua counties already have decided to require that students wear masks when school begins this month.
DeSantis' fight against the return to masks in schools has even fueled the confrontation with the White House. US President Joe Biden indicated this week that the Republicans should "get out of the way" and allow schools and companies to impose mandatory nature of masks.