By Kevin Deutsch
Data shows that just five pediatric intensive care unit beds remained available in Broward hospitals Tuesday, as the county struggled against a continuing surge of life-threatening COVID-19 infections.
At least 1,756 patients positive for the coronavirus had been admitted to local hospitals as of 11 a.m, up from 1,683 a day earlier, according to the data compiled by Broward County’s Emergency Management Division.
At least 230 COVID-positive patients were on ventilators, the data show, accounting for 31 percent of the county’s 733 ventilators.
Adult intensive care units were 95 percent full, with 28 ICU beds still available, records show. Pediatric ICUs were 94 percent full.
According to the county, the information used to compile the county data was submitted by local hospitals and has not been audited.
Florida reported a confirmed 21,669 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, breaking the pandemic record for the statewide 7-day average, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.