Because of the “rapid” spread of the more transmissible delta coronavirus, state officials and doctors in Northeast Florida  are requesting people to get vaccinated, as COVID-19 cases reach or surpass pandemic levels.

The number of COVID-19 patients treated at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville, Florida’s biggest city, has rapidly increased in the last few weeks, according to Chad Neilsen, the hospital’s infection control director.

Three days ago, Neilsen said that the previous record of daily COVID-19 patients across both the hospital’s two campuses was 125; the facility surpassed that mark three days ago, and now has about 40 people in the ICU.

75 COVID-19 patients were admitted to the hospital last week, as opposed to 45 patients during the previous week and 20 patients during the prior week.

During a COVID-19 press briefing held Wednesday, Mayo Clinic Florida CEO Dr. Ken Thielen stated that COVID-19 hospitalizations had increased “significantly” at the Jacksonville hospital over the previous three weeks, approaching levels that occurred prior to the most recent peak.

Thielen said that this denotes a five-fold surge in the number of COVID hospitalizations.

Many similarities exist throughout the healthcare facilities, with regard to the individuals they are accepting for treatment: They are mostly unvaccinated, and the majority of them are under the age of 15.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 90% of COVID-19 patients at UF Health Jacksonville are unvaccinated, and about 70% of them are 40 to 69 years old. Previously, 75% of COVID-19 patients were 60 and above.

There is unquestionable evidence of a younger demographic trend, he said.

As per Tom VanOsdol, it is estimated that more than 96% of coronavirus patients are unvaccinated.

On Wednesday, at a news conference, health director Dr. VanOsdol revealed that the average age of our hospitalized patients is 49 years old, compared to the mid-60s in earlier epidemics of this outbreak. Consequently, those individuals who have not yet been vaccinated get COUVID because they are younger, and hospitalization is required for treatment.

During the press conference on Wednesday, Nielsen made the case that increasing vaccination rates is the way to prevent future epidemics. He said that while restrictions on our economy and individual freedoms are not the answer, more freedom and a less restricted economy are required. It is a vaccination that provides the answer.

The solution here is to vaccinate the unvaccinated people, which will help reduce overcrowding in hospitals.