DeSantis also said the amount of people on ventilators who have tested positive for the virus is down 56 percent from April 15.
Sounds great, right? Until one realizes that in order to make the number of those on ventilators sound like good news, you compare it to the number from two whole months ago at its peak.
It would be more helpful to characterize the number of people on ventilators as rising or declining in the in the past two weeks so as to know if things are currently getting better or worse. For all we know, this number could be on a sharp rise, but, as long it's not the all time record, it's good news!
The point is that the ICU patients (current census not aggregate) is significantly lower now then it was at the peak. Also, the hospitals are not anywhere near capacity.
It doesn't matter if it is on a sharp rise or not. The entire "sales pitch" for the drastic mitigation was to make sure the hospital system wasn't overwhelmed and there was capacity to treat COVID and non-COVID patients as necessary. As long as this remains the case, it is "good news." Based on the tallahasseereports.com daily new hospitalization tracking, the number of hospitalizations is not increasing in any significant manner and is below the level that it was after the peak.
The goal was never to try and eliminate the virus with "mitigation." It was to flatten the curve so the health care system was not overwhelmed. I can't count the number of times that somebody said it doesn't matter how low the COVID fatality rate is, there will be deaths from other causes because the COVID patients will overwhelm the health care system and that is why we had to take drastic action to flatten the curve.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said 260 workers at a Central Florida airport have tested positive for the coronavirus after nearly 500 employees were tested.www.clickorlando.com
Open everything up!! Its time. NO MASKS!
What the article doesn't bother to mention is that in the examples he gave about places (there were more than just the airport) where a high percentage of people that live and/or work in close quarters tested positive, almost all of them were asymptomatic.
That's why the number of cases (documented or otherwise) doesn't really matter if the most vulnerable part of the population is taking precautions not to come into close contact with the less vulnerable population. Both the hospitalization numbers and the median age of the positive tests indicate that this is happening.
The single biggest issue in Florida related to COVID has been and continues to be nursing homes. Over half of the fatalities were nursing home residents. Nursing home residents make up less than 2% of the population of Florida but over half the COVID fatalities.
This chart illustrates how much lower the risk of death from COVID is in the general population vs. the nursing home population. Green is deaths in the general population which includes all of the high risk population.
If you are not a resident of a nursing home, to date, the chance of a random Florida resident contracting and dying from COVID-19 is 0.0067%. Obviously the risk varies greatly by age and underlying health conditions but I'm just trying to put it into some kind of perspective.