ICU Bed Capacity across Orange County has increased since 7/8, but so have the number of occupied beds.
Am I afraid? Yes.
I’ll admit it…I do live in fear. But I don’t think it’s the same kind fear as what the anti-mask crowd is calling “living in fear.”
I am afraid that if anyone I love or care about falls ill because of COVID-19 (or any highly communicable disease for that manner), that I won’t be able to be with them when they need comfort the most.
Having spent more time than I imagined in a hospital from March-May while waiting for a life-saving liver transplant, I know all too well how much having visitors helped keep my spirits up. Social media certainly helps, but there is nothing like being able to hold someone’s hand or hug them or just simply watch a movie together. To have someone bring me a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake or a Smoothie, drop off some comic books, some Twizzlers, Dinner from Maxines’s, play some guitar for me…anything from the outside world… helped.
The sterile environment of a hospital room can be a very lonely place.
And it’s a very scary place, especially because you’re there because you’re sick and not because you want to be. And despite having the best care and the most wonderful doctors and nurses, they can’t replace your friends and family.
When I first went to the hospital there were no limitations to who could visit me or even when. If someone didn’t get off work until 2am they could come see me in the middle of the night. I could have 4 people visit at the same time…the only limit was how many people could fit in the room and how many I had the energy for in any given day.
But as Covid-19 appeared, restrictions started happening. Visiting hours became limited as did the number of visitors. At one point it came down to one approved visitor per day and so I literally had to choose. But at least I still had a choice.
COVID patients don’t even have that luxury. They are prevented from having ANY visitors. Their interactions are limited to FaceTime or Zoom meetings or maybe a live visit through a glass window. They are at possibly the most vulnerable, helpless time of their life…possibly the end…and yet can not even find a tiny bit of comfort from the presence of the people they love.
That’s my fear. And any time I hear someone who mocks that fear by saying that we are acting out of “media-induced fear-mongering” or that “Covid is a hoax” or anything like that it just makes me sad. Because I know that they must not have ever experienced true loss or felt love. Theirs is a much more deep-rooted fear that I don’t and will never fully understand. Wear a damn mask!
The DNA testing company 23 and Me has been using their massive data sets to assist scientists with analysis in how COVID-19 spreads and if genetic factors play a role in determining how likely someone is to get infected and how severe the infection will be.
While not definitive, some of their early data seems to confirm that blood type may be a factor in transmission and immunity.
“In percentages, in the entire population, individuals with blood group O were 9-18% less likely to test positive when compared to other groups. “Exposed” individuals with blood group O were 13-26% less likely to test positive.”
Here are the latest numbers for ICU Hospital Beds in Orange County, Florida as of 7/8/2020.
|Orange County Hospital Data 7/8/2020||Adult ICU Census||Available Adult ICU||Available Adult ICU%||Total Adult ICU Capacity||Pediatric ICU Census||Available Pediatric ICU||Available Pediatric ICU%||Total Pediatric ICU Capacity|
|ADVENTHEALTH EAST ORLANDO||21||0||0.00%||21||0||0||0|
|ADVENTHEALTH WINTER PARK||10||3||23.08%||13||0||0||0|
|ARNOLD PALMER MEDICAL CENTER||2||3||60.00%||5||28||3||9.68%||31|
|ASPIRE HEALTH PARTNERS||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|CENTRAL FLORIDA BEHAVIORAL HOSPITAL||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|LA AMISTAD RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|NEMOURS CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL||0||0||0||20||6||23.08%||26|
|ORLANDO HEALTH – HEALTH CENTRAL HOSPITAL||14||0||0.00%||14||0||0||0|
|ORLANDO HEALTH DR P PHILLIPS HOSPITAL||11||3||21.43%||14||0||0||0|
|ORLANDO HEALTH – ORMC||65||0||0.00%||65||0||0||0|
|SELECT SPECIALTY HOSPITAL ORLANDO NORTH||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|SELECT SPECIALTY HOSPITAL ORLANDO SOUTH||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|UNIVERSITY BEHAVIORAL CENTER||0||0||0||0||0||0|