Homestead Hospital's ICU at Capacity, Baptist Health Officials Say

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Baptist Health confirmed that Homestead Hospital's intensive care unit is at capacity due in part to coronavirus and more patients having elective surgeries, officials said Tuesday.

Baptist Health officials said they are able to transfer patients to other hospitals in their system to manage capacity. Regular beds can also be converted to ICU and acute care beds if needed, they added.

Baptist Health currently has 286 coronavirus-positive patients and persons under investigation at hospitals across its system. Over 1,350 COVID-19 positive patients have been discharged across the system to date.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez's office said in a statement that they're aware Homestead Hospital is full.

"As stated in Emergency Order 18-20, all hospitals in Miami-Dade must report certain indicators each day to the County, including the inventory of ICU beds and the total number of unused beds at the hospital which can be converted to general acute care beds," the statement read in part. "As you can see from our daily dashboard, those numbers remain well within acceptable levels."

Miami-Dade's case total rose to 26,822, and the county's virus-related deaths rose to 902 Tuesday.

Florida added more than 3,200 new coronavirus cases as the state reported another 64 virus-related deaths. With 3,289 new COVID-19 cases, the state's total rose to 103,506, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health.

This is a developing story. Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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