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Friday, August 20, 2021

Florida's daily coronavirus case numbers dropped, but hospitalizations continue to rise

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The number of newly reported COVID-19 infections in Florida dipped Thursday, but the number of hospitalizations increased, according to data maintained by two federal agencies.

Florida reported that it had 15,402 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, down from 23,533 the day before, according to numbers posted Thursday on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Florida reported eight deaths from the virus on Wednesday, down from 37 the previous day.

To help offset daily reporting errors, the CDC site also includes seven-day “moving” averages. That data showed daily averages of 20,381 cases and 43 deaths in Florida. The information was reported to the CDC by state health officials Thursday but was based on data as of Wednesday.

The CDC site also tracks the number of vaccinations administered. The state’s seven-day moving average for fully vaccinated people was 20,853. The seven-day moving average of people receiving one dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines on Wednesday was 40,211.

Meanwhile, Florida hospitals reported 17,295 patients with COVID-19 had been admitted, up from 17,096 reported by hospitals the previous day. according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services data. Hospitals report that more than half of the intensive-care unit beds in the state were filled by patients with COVID-19. Of the 6,864 ICU beds, 3,647 were occupied by patients with COVID-19. Overall, about 86 percent of the 59,903 hospital beds in the state Thursday were filled with patients.

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