COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise in Florida

The number of Florida hospital inpatients with COVID-19 increased nearly 17 percent during the past week.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human released data Tuesday that showed 2,157 Florida inpatients had COVID-19, up from 1,846 a week earlier. The data also showed 178 COVID-19 patients were in intensive-care units, up from 166 a week earlier.

Florida in recent weeks has seen steady increases in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, though the numbers remain far lower than early in the year, when the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus swept across the state.

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