As of the morning of July 29, AdventHealth has reported that it is treating roughly 1,000 patients for COVID-19 in its Central Florida hospitals, which has surpassed the previous peak of 900 inpatients in January 2021.

The elevation to black status allows the hospital to do the following:

  • Defer all hospital-based outpatient procedures
  • Conduct only time sensitive and urgent procedures for outpatient surgery sites
  • Conduct time sensitive pediatric procedures only with the approval of the chief medical officer.

AdventHealth shared the following Frequently Asked Questions in a prepared press release.

Q: Is hospital capacity at risk?

A: The reason we are adjusting our status is to ensure we have capacity in the future. Our hospitals are designed in such a way that spaces are flexible and expandable. AdventHealth has an extensive health care system in place in Central Florida so we can locate patients to the facility that best matches the level of care they need.

Q: Do you have enough supplies and ventilators?

A: We have sufficient supplies of ventilators, monitors and other specialized equipment in order to quickly convert spaces in the hospital to both standard and ICU level rooms, should they be needed.

Q: What percentage of COVID inpatients are vaccinated?

A: Across AdventHealth’s nationwide system 94% of patients hospitalized with COVID- are unvaccinated.

Q: Is AdventHealth administering COVID vaccines?

A: AdventHealth continues to offer COVID vaccines for the public at six Centra Care locations. AdventHealth also is offering COVID vaccines to inpatients at its hospitals throughout the Central Florida Division.

Q. Where should I go if I think I have COVID?

A: Rapid COVID testing is offered at all Centra Care locations. Only go to the emergency room if you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing.

Brendan O'Connor

Editor in Chief of

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