The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 2,355 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 67,201. 152 deaths were also reported in Florida, bringing the death toll to 12,939.
Two new non-resident deaths were also reported, bringing the non-resident toll to 161.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Florida
▪ Miami-Dade County reported 459 further confirmed cases of COVID-1
▪ Broward County reported 143 further confirmed cases of the disease and nine new deaths. The county has a total of 74,832 cases and 1,297 deaths. Percent positivity for new cases: 2.97%.
▪ Palm Beach County saw 154 further confirmed cases and 18 new deaths. The county now has 44,459 confirmed cases and 1,234 deaths. Percent positivity for new cases: 4.04%.
▪ Monroe County confirmed four more cases and no new deaths. The county’s known total number is 1,791 cases and 20 deaths. Percent positivity for new cases: 2.46%.
COVID-19 admissions in Florida
One of the tools that officials rely on to determine if the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospitalization data. Unlike testing, which can be limited or take days to report results, hospitalizations can help give officials a real-time picture of how many people are seriously ill with COVID-19.
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reports the number of patients admitted across the state with a “primary diagnosis of COVID.” The data, which are updated at least every hour, do not differentiate between the number of COVID-19 patients in the hospital’s intensive care units and those in acute care beds, which requires less attention from nurses.
Previously, the state provided only the total number of hospital admissions in its data across the state and county level. Miami-Dade was an exception, where hospitals themselves reported a number of key figures, including admissions, to the county, which has been publishing this data for several months.
From kl. At 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, there were 2,464 COVID-19 patients hospitalized throughout the state, according to the dashboard of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. This is a marked drop from early August, when more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state.
Of Wednesday’s admissions, 382 were in Miami-Dade, 260 in Broward, 163 in Palm Beach and three in Monroe counties, according to the agency.
Florida’s current hospitalization data is not always consistent with hospitalization data reported in Miami-Dade’s “New Normal” dashboard. Officials say this could be for a number of reasons, including the frequency of daily updates.
On Wednesday, Miami-Dade hospital admissions for COVID-19 complications dropped from 480 to 463, according to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” dashboard. According to Wednesday’s data, 70 people were discharged and 60 people were admitted.
The state has had a total of 41,851 residents in Florida hospitalized due to COVID-19-related complications, according to Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
COVID-19 Test in Florida
Tests in Florida have seen steady growth since the COVID-19 crisis began.
Testing, like admissions, helps officials determine the progress of the virus and plays a role in deciding whether it is safe to lift home orders and loosen restrictions.
Epidemiologists then use the test data to create a positivity rate. The rate helps them determine if an increase in cases is due to an increase in testing, or if it means there is increased transmission of the virus in the community.
On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported the results of 57,161 people tested Tuesday. The positivity rate for new cases (people who tested positive for the first time) was 4.47%.
If genetic testing is included – people who have tested positive once and tested a second time – the degree of positivity was 5.78% of the total, the report says.