Florida caregivers face highest COVID-19 surge of pandemic

COVID-19 cases are rising throughout the country. Cleveland Clinic Florida hospitals on the Treasure Coast – Indian River, Martin North and Tradition hospitals – are now caring for more patients with COVID-19 than any other time during this pandemic.

Cleveland Clinic Florida leaders held a press conference on Friday, Aug. 20, to offer a transparent account of what is happening in the region. Themes included:

  • Surge in cases – Our Florida hospitals are seeing more than twice as many patients admitted with the virus compared to previous surges.
  • Encouraging vaccination – Nearly 90% of patients admitted to these hospitals with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. We can reduce this suffering through vaccination. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get vaccinated.
  • Effects on capacity, patient care, caregivers – We have postponed nonemergent procedures at our Florida hospitals and reduced outpatient visits at Indian River by half. Restricting these other services in order to care for patients with COVID-19 means our communities may experience additional challenges through delayed care.

Melissa Bennett, interim Intensive Care Unit nurse manager at Martin North Hospital spoke about her team’s experience: “I am proud of our resiliency. We have the best caregivers, we really do. But we are also human and we are tired.”

Our caregivers in Florida – and across the organization – have battled this virus for many months and provided compassionate care to our patients. Thank you for your strength in the midst of ongoing challenges.

The full Cleveland Clinic Florida press conference is below. Share this resource using this link to others who may find it helpful. We will continue to provide accurate and timely information with our communities to help keep each other safe.