Miami-Dade mayor: 'It won't be long' before hospitals reach capacity

Miami-Dade mayor: 'It won't be long' before hospitals reach capacity
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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez (R) said Sunday that hospitals will soon be at capacity in his county as coronavirus cases surge in southern Florida and across the state. 

Asked by CNN’s Dana BashDana BashManchin suggests pausing talks on .5 trillion package until 2022: report House is no easy road for Biden, Democrats on .5T package Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Manchin: key energy provision of spending package 'makes no sense' MORE how long it will be before the hospitals in Miami-Dade are at capacity, Giménez said that “it won’t be long.” 

“We definitely had a sharp increase in the number of people going to the hospital, the number of people in ICU, the number of people on ventilators,” Giménez said on “State of the Union.” “We still have capacity, but it does cause me a lot of concern.” 

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The mayor said there are also some reserve spaces in the county that can be used. He said once elective surgeries stop, the county also can convert recovery rooms to ICU rooms “fairly quickly.” 

Six hospitals in Miami-Dade County have already reached capacity, CNN noted. 

The number of coronavirus cases is spiking across Florida, with a total of 250,984 cases statewide, according to state data. Miami-Dade County has been hit the hardest in Florida, with 60,868 confirmed cases and 1,132 deaths, the Miami Herald reported Saturday. 

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President TrumpDonald TrumpTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Schumer sets Monday showdown on debt ceiling-government funding bill Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe MORE visited Miami-Dade on a trip Friday and did not wear a face mask. The president did wear a mask on Saturday during a visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center outside Washington, D.C.

Bash on Sunday asked Giménez, who has issued a mandatory mask order in the county, if he thinks Trump is undermining recommendations to wear a face mask.

The mayor dismissed concerns over Trump not wearing a mask. He said he was on the tarmac to meet Trump and that he was tested for the coronavirus ahead of the time along with everyone else.