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Volunteers give healthcare workers extra dose of encouragement

Percentage of positive COVID-19 tests is falling, but hospitals are still in overdrive
Posted at 11:22 AM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 11:22:19-04

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. -- Even though the Florida Health Department reports the percentage of people who have tested positive is declining, hospitals across the state are still in overdrive.

This weekend volunteers in South Palm Beach County bolstered efforts to deliver about 100 care packages to healthcare workers at Delray Medical Center.

The packages were filled with meal prep ingredients including chicken, rice, apples, oranges, and additional snacks.

Annette Kahn helped organize the event and says she’s dedicated to supporting the staff who provided excellent care to her when she was hospitalized a few years ago.

Kahn calls her donation a way to pay it forward during the pandemic.

“I’m doing it because these nurses worked so hard and they’re risking their lives for us,” said Kahn. “I’m very happy to do this.”

The Florida Department of Health announced, testing across the state continues to increase, but the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall has decreased from 10 percent to 9 percent.

Of the 15,579 tests performed on April 24, there were 1,331 positive results, or 9 percent.

Baptist Health South Florida is also reporting a small victory for its front-line workers and survivors.

This week, hospital system reached a milestone after 525 COVID-19 patients were discharged.

However, doctors continue to stress the importance of not ignoring any emergent needs and making sure you still go to the hospital for care.