COVID-19 | Orlando Accident & Injury Blog
As the coronavirus pandemic started its worldwide devastation last spring, nursing homes across the United States were among the first to experience an outbreak of COVID-19 in the country. Although the earliest documented case has been traced back to a long-term care center in King County, Washington, the assisted living facilities here in Florida also faced a rapid increase of infections due to the fact that nearly 20% of the state’s population is over 65 and are therefore highly susceptible to the deadly disease. One such facility is the Opis Coquina Center in Central Florida which now faces a smattering of lawsuits accusing them of negligence and wrongful death.
The cruise ship industry suffered another setback this week after seven passengers tested positive for COVID-19 aboard the first vessel to test out the Caribbean waters since the pandemic began back in March. Statements from media personnel who were aboard the Norweigian-owned SeaDream I at the start of the incident indicate that the captain of the luxury liner made an announcement regarding the outbreak to the 100+ passengers and crew on November 11th, 2020.
As the number of COVID-19 cases steadily progresses in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis has made the executive decision to implement his plans this week to shift the state into its next phase of reopening, which will allow bars and restaurants to operate at full capacity with minimal social distancing guidelines or restrictions in place. This announcement comes on the heels of the Florida Health Department’s report which details 1,882 new, positive tests as of last week, bringing the state’s total to a staggering 700,564 positive test results for the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began back in March.
As the summer rages on, so does the spread of the coronavirus in Florida. According to the latest data released by the health department on Saturday, August 15th, 2020, the state added 6,148 cases to the continuously climbing list of positive test results. Hot spots have been sprouting up all over the place for weeks now, again overwhelming first responders and medical personnel who have been putting their lives on the line for months. Assisted-living facilities and nursing homes are also feeling the strain, with many of them seeing an alarming spike in their COVID-19 cases due to the creation of “isolation centers”.
The months-long battle against the novel coronavirus rages on as the number of positive cases continues to rise in Florida and the rest of the United States. Mix-matched leadership, unclear guidelines, and an apparent rush to reopen have all been contributing factors to the devastating increase, leaving many Floridians with a substantial concern for the well-being of themselves and their families – especially those who are residing in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.
As the number of coronavirus cases continues to dramatically increase, Florida has now been deemed the new “epicenter” of the pandemic, recording a whopping 15,299 positive cases in a single day. Many are blaming the surge on a plethora of reasons, including haphazard government leadership, disjointed closures, and just a sheer unwillingness to abide by proper social distancing guidelines – all of which has put an entire population of people with immuno-compromised systems, such as the elderly, at risk.
It is understandable that many of us would like to get back to some sense of normalcy, especially since the end of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be nowhere in sight. For the past few weeks, the number of positive cases has skyrocketed around the country, with Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas being the hardest hit. And even as Disney World opens its doors this week, residents of our great state are starting to wonder if the rush to reopen perhaps wasn’t the best decision.
According to the daily statistics from the Florida Health Department released early Friday morning, a record-breaking 8,942 new coronavirus cases have been documented in the state, which is nearly double the amount from the previous day. And as this deadly disease continues to wreak havoc across the country, many nursing home residents are left wondering if the endless days of quarantine will ever be over.
As Florida quickly closes in on 100,000 confirmed positive tests for COVID-19, Disney World has just announced their plans to begin a “phased reopening” of its amusement parks next month. The popular Orlando tourist destination was forced to close its doors back in mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak that has since swept the world with devastating force.
For over two weeks now, the daily amount of positive coronavirus cases has skyrocketed to alarming numbers in Florida, with many experts fearing that the state is quickly becoming a new epicenter for the deadly disease. And as residents prepare themselves for this potential “second wave”, thousands of cruise ship workers have yet to see any sort of relief from the first round of outbreaks.