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On Sunday, Florida reported more than 15,000 positive coronavirus cases. At Jackson Memorial Hospital in South Florida, director of medical ICU Dr. David J. De La Zerda says beds are running and low — and so are nurses to staff them.

And the NFL's Washington, D.C.-based team is officially changing its name and logo. Activist Crystal Echo Hawk says she cried when she heard the news.

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Florida ICU Could Hit Capacity 'In Days' As Health Care Workers Face Burnout

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Florida ICU Could Hit Capacity 'In Days' As Health Care Workers Face Burnout

Florida ICU Could Hit Capacity 'In Days' As Health Care Workers Face Burnout

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According to a press conference with Gov. DeSantis, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers is converting the convention center into a field hospital with 400 regular hospital beds and 50 ICU beds, with the ability to scale up to 1,000 beds if needed, as the region deals with a surge of coronavirus patients. Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images hide caption

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According to a press conference with Gov. DeSantis, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers is converting the convention center into a field hospital with 400 regular hospital beds and 50 ICU beds, with the ability to scale up to 1,000 beds if needed, as the region deals with a surge of coronavirus patients.

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Governors in Southern states like Louisiana are starting to come around to mask mandates, but not all residents are following suit.

On Sunday, Florida reported more than 15,000 positive coronavirus cases. At Jackson Memorial Hospital in South Florida, director of medical ICU Dr. David J. De La Zerda says beds are running and low — and so are nurses to staff them.

And the NFL's Washington, D.C.-based team is officially changing its name and logo. Activist Crystal Echo Hawk says she cried when she heard the news.

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Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Gabriela Saldivia, Lee Hale, and Brent Baughman. It was edited by Beth Donovan and fact-checked by Anne Li. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.