Hospital Staffing Shortages Rise Sharply in Florida as Beds Fill

(Bloomberg) — The number of hospitals reporting critical staffing shortages is climbing swiftly in Florida, where a highly contagious Covid-19 variant is filling beds fast.

Florida has 13% of its facilities reporting a shortage of medical personnel, up from 4% a week earlier, according to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services data. The one-week jump of about 9 percentage points was the most in the country, the data show.

Although Florida has the worst momentum, 14 states — including Alabama, Louisiana and Oklahoma — are reporting more critical staffing shortages as a percentage of total facilities. Some of that may reflect structural differences unrelated to Covid-19.

Florida accounts for nearly 20% of U.S. Covid-19 cases reported in the past week, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data show.

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Source: Jonathan Levin, Bloomberg