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Miami Hospitals Almost Full, One-Third Of Florida Children Test Positive For COVID

As COVID-19 continues to ravage Florida, parents are bracing for the start of a new year. Cities and counties across the country have announced plans to start school years with remote learning since a lack of a national plan has let COVID-19 go unchecked in the U.S.

Florida’s children are becoming sick with COVID-19 at alarming rates.

Recent numbers show that 31 percent of Florida’s children are testing positive for COVID-19. The sudden rise in cases among children, as President Donald Trump tried to force states to reopen schools, is troubling parents.

“That’s a really high number,” Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, told Insider. “It’s a concern that translates into curiosity. We need an elaborate understanding of what that number means.”

There is a lot of concern because we still don’t know the long term effects of COVID-19.

There is so much about this virus that is unknown. Scientists and researchers have been studying the virus since it started to spread. The more we learn, the more we can fight effectively against it. The ever-changing rhetoric from scientists is proof that we are making progress in finding a way to get rid of the virus.

This news comes at the same tie that Florida hospitals are running out of ICU beds.

As cases skyrocket in Florida under the rapid reopening plan of Governor Ron DeSantis, hospitalizations are rising with it. People are being hospitalized in almost record numbers in Florida.

According to data, 54 hospitals are at full capacity and another 40 only have 10 percent ICU beds available. Hospitalizations across the state have gone up 56 percent and ventilator use has gone up 92 percent.

READ: Miami Is The New Epicenter For COVID-19 In The US

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