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 BashWhite House not optimistic on near-term stimulus deal Clyburn rips GOP proposal to give businesses tax deductions, scale back unemployment in stimulus package Birx says COVID-19 outbreak not under control because 'people are on the move' 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 John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled 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.