Florida won’t see peak COVID impacts until May, study says


Source: WFLA NewsChannel 8
by: Kelsey Sunderland
Posted: Mar 30, 2020 / 12:44 PM EDT / Updated: Mar 31, 2020 / 09:03 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – The light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the coronavirus pandemic may be farther out for Floridians than many previously thought, according to a new study.

The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has released one of the first models to project the impacts of coronavirus in every state across the country. The models were developed using state and national public health data, as well as information from the World Health Organization, hospital capacity and utilization data.

Assuming that strong social distancing measures and other protective measures will remain in place, the report was able to predict health service utilization and deaths due to COVID-19 by day for the next four months for each state.

According to projections in Florida, there are still 33 days until the state and its hospitals will be at peak resource use.