Florida police officer with COVID-19 transferred to Ohio for care at Cleveland Clinic
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - An officer from the West Palm Beach Police Department was flown from Florida to Northeast Ohio for “advanced” COVID-19 care at the Cleveland Clinic.
Anthony Testa’s wife told the CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach that he was transferred to the Cleveland Clinic because there are no life-supporting respirator machines available in Florida hospitals.
According to the West Palm Beach Police Department, a special send-off ceremony was held on Aug 25 for Testa before his departure for Ohio.
Testa was flown from a Florida airfield to Cleveland to be admitted into the hospital.
The Cleveland Clinic told 19 News on Wednesday afternoon that they have only a “very small number” of out-of-state COVID-19 patients in care in Ohio.
Approximately 300 patients with COVID-19 are currently in Ohio Cleveland Clinic facilities, including around 100 in ICU beds.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the “majority” of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated.
“We continue to encourage everyone to receive their COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others from serious illness due to the virus,” spokeswoman Andrea Pacetti told 19 News in a statement.
ICU availabilities at some Cleveland Clinic hospitals may reach capacity on certain days, Pacetti added, but they continue to operate with critical care beds within the health care system regularly.
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