As Florida has labored to guard its oldest, most weak residents from its surge in instances, the virus seems to have caught up with the Villages, a sprawling retirement group so massive it has three ZIP codes, 12 golf programs and a number of libraries and film theaters.
Because the starting of July, hospital admissions of residents from the Villages have quadrupled at College of Florida Well being The Villages, the hospital’s crucial care docs stated. As of final week, the hospital admitted 29 Villages residents, all of them with the virus, stated Dr. Anil Gogineni, a pulmonologist and demanding care physician there.
In Sumter County, the place a part of the Villages is positioned, there have been 270 instances final week, up from 68 within the first week of June, based on the county’s well being division.
Now many residents are confronting their new actuality. “It’s seeping in, it doesn’t matter what,” stated Rob Hannon, 64. The golf course continues to be crowded, he stated, in addition to the hair salon the place his spouse, Michelle, 53, works. “The ladies are nonetheless coming in, however they’re a little bit extra anxious,” Mr. Hannon stated. “You possibly can’t cease residing. However you may cease being cavalier.”
In an electronic mail to residents final week, Jeffrey Lowenkron, the chief medical officer of the Villages, stated instances had been rising and urged folks to take “steps to cut back the danger of illness transmission.”
The virus poses particular dangers in Florida, the place a couple of fifth of the inhabitants is 65 or older, who’re particularly weak. Whereas greater than a 3rd of the instances within the state, one of many worst hit within the nation, have been amongst folks beneath 34, based on the Florida Department of Health, there have been indicators that the age of these contaminated is shifting. Jackson Well being System, Miami-Dade County’s public hospital, stated final week that 18 p.c of its virus sufferers had been 80 or older. Two weeks earlier than, that determine was 9 p.c. Elsewhere in the US:
Gov. Andy Beshear of Kentucky restricted social gatherings to 10 folks on Monday, a day after the state reported its highest variety of new coronavirus instances. “We don’t wish to grow to be Arizona or Florida,” Mr. Beshear stated. He additionally issued a suggestion that individuals coming back from states with positivity charges of 15 p.c or larger quarantine themselves for 14 days.
Minnesota, which on Monday reported 900 new instances, a single-day document, additionally reported its first virus-related loss of life of a kid, based on the state’s health department. The division stated the kid was 5 years previous or youthful, however didn’t checklist the precise age.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago is rolling again among the metropolis’s reopening guidelines to “assist restrict additional group unfold,” she stated Monday. Beginning Friday, bars will as soon as once more be banned from serving alcohol indoors; providers like shaves and facials that require folks to take off their masks can be banned; indoor health courses can be restricted to 10 folks; and property managers can be requested to restrict company to 5 per unit to stop events.
The biggest faculty district in Georgia, Gwinnett County Public Colleges, stated that courses will start on Aug. 12 with online-only instruction.
Kansas introduced on Monday greater than 1,000 new instances, a single-day document, whereas Alaska reported its personal single-day document with 137 new instances.
The Division of Well being and Human Providers unveiled a new dashboard on Monday with regularly-updated information on hospital capability. The brand new website makes use of know-how from exterior distributors and replaces a similar dashboard that the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention managed by means of its Nationwide Security Healthcare Community, which was expanded on the outset of the pandemic to trace hospital capability and affected person info particular to Covid-19.