‘We have an emergency.’ COVID surge becomes dire at Palm Beach County hospitals

South Florida hospitals continue to admit large numbers of new COVID patients compared to other parts of the country and the state: Broward County had admitted 1,818 COVID patients during a seven-day period and Miami-Dade had admitted 1,573. Palm Beach County, with a smaller population, had admitted 973. All three counties rank in the top 10 in the nation for new COVID admissions in a national health data report released Aug. 13, however Broward dropped from number one in the nation for new admissions to second behind Harris County in Texas.