The Pandemic

Sarasota Memorial Hospital Reports Record Number of Covid Patients

The hospital currently has 201 Covid-positive patients—the highest number since the pandemic began last March.

By Megan McDonald August 10, 2021

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

Sarasota Memorial Hospital

According to Sarasota Memorial Hospital's daily patient census, the hospital is currently caring for 201 Covid-positive patients—the highest since the pandemic began in March 2020. Eighty-nine percent of those 201 patients are unvaccinated and 44 are in the ICU. The hospital's seven-day positivity rate is 16.9 percent, up from 13.8 percent last week.

Due to the influx of patients, the hospital is currently limiting non-urgent, eletive surgical procedures that require longer inpatient hospital stays. A modified visitor policy has also been put back in place.

 Sarasota County is currently averaging 275 new Covid-19 cases per day, while Manatee County is averaging 285 new cases per day. Florida's daily case average is 27,341.

In response to surging cases, free walk-up testing is available at the Robert L. Taylor Community Complex and the former Sarasota Kennel Club from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Appointments are not required at either location. A Covid-19 hotline, run by the Florida Department of Health-Sarasota County, is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at (941) 861-2883.

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