Florida COVID update: 3,974 cases added to state toll, fewer patients in hospitals

By Devoun Cetoute

MIAMI — Florida on Friday reported 3,974 more COVID-19 cases and three deaths to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data.

In all, Florida has recorded at least 3,601,705 confirmed COVID cases and 56,410 deaths since the pandemic began.

In the past seven days the state has added, on average, 200 deaths and 3,589 cases per day, according to Herald calculations of CDC data.

There were 4,240 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Friday report. This data is reported from 257 Florida hospitals. That is 169 fewer patients than Thursday’s report, but also from one more hospital than the 256 that reported then. This continues a trend of decreasing hospitalizations.

COVID-19 patients take up 7.40% of all inpatient beds in the latest report’s hospitals, compared to 7.71% in the previous day’s reporting hospitals.

Of the people hospitalized in Florida, 1,146 people were in intensive care unit beds, a decrease of 37. That represents about 17.35% of the state’s ICU hospital beds compared to 17.82% the previous day.

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