Florida reports shortage of ICU beds for COVID-19 patients
As of Sunday, the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases surpassed 3.7 million with a total death toll of more than 140,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University.
Some U.S. states reported record highs for single-day COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including Georgia and North Carolina.
According to Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration, 49 hospitals in the state have no more ICU beds for COVID-19 patients. Five of them are in Broward County where nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 infections have been reported over one week.
Miami-Dade County, Florida's hardest-hit area, is also over capacity, with 507 admissions to its ICU units that hold 398 beds.
In an interview on CNN's State of the Union, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he thinks some parts of the state reopened too quickly, as California is fighting a resurgence in COVID-19 cases.
He didn't indicate in the interview if he would like to reissue a stay-at-home order for the city to better contain the virus. Garcetti also said, "I want to be more surgical. I want to go into those factories where we're seeing spread. I want to go into those communities, especially our lower-income communities.”
As U.S. COVID-19 cases keeps growing, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emphasized the role of the CDC and told CNN on Sunday, "We are going to do everything we can to make sure that the CDC is fully funded in the stimulus package."
In response to the recent change in U.S. hospital reporting methods for COVID-19 cases, Schumer highlighted the importance of transparency in COVID-19 data.
"For the President, the administration to want to sweep the facts under the rug so they can hide them, it's not gonna work. Whenever the President has tried to avoid the problem, like this will go away, this won't affect many people, it's gotten worse," he said.