The Florida Department of Health confirmed an additional 2,660 cases of coronavirus in the coming, reaching a total state count of 711,804 since the pandemic began. In addition, 110 deaths were reported in Florida, reaching a total of 14,554.
It’s still unclear if anyone who didn’t live in the state died in Florida. As of Thursday, the total death of people from other states was 175.
CONFIRMED CASES OF CORONAVIRUS IN SOUTH FLORIDA
▪ Miami-Dade County reported 509 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus and 30 new deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. The county has so far had 171,391 confirmed cases and 3,314 deaths.
▪ Broward County reported 198 additional confirmed cases and nine deaths. The county has so far had a total of 77,631 cases and 1,415 deaths.
▪ Palm Beach County had an additional 135 perhaps confirmed and if new deaths. The county now has 46,833 confirmed cases and 1,389 deaths.
▪ Monroe County upheld an additional case and no further death. So far, the county has had a total of 1,856 cases and 22 deaths.
COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS IN FLORIDA
One of the tools officials rely on to determine if the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospitalization data. Unlike tests, which can be limited or take days to record results, hospitalizations can help provide officials with real-time information about how many people are seriously ill with coronavirus.
The Florida Agency for the Administration of Health Care reports the number of hospitalized patients throughout the state with a “primary diagnosis of COVID”. The data, which are updated at least every hour, do not distinguish between the number of patients with COVID-19 in hospital intensive care units and those in intensive care beds, which require less care from nurses.
Previously, the state provided only the total number of hospitalizations in its data at the state and condal level. Miami-Dade was an exception, as hospitals independently reported a number of key metrics, including hospitalizations, to the county government.
On Friday at 4:31 p.m. there were 2,056 patients with COVID-19 admitted to hospitals across the state, according to the Florida Health Administration Agency’s dashboard. It is a significant decrease since early August, when more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals throughout the state.
Of Thursday’s hospitalizations, 277 were in Miami-Dade, 204 in Broward, 105 in Palm Beach and four in Monroe Counties, according to the agency.
Current Florida hospitalization data does not always match the hospitalization data reported in the Miami-Dade “New Normal” panel. Officials say this could respond to a variety of reasons, including the frequency of daily updates.
On Friday, hospitalizations in Miami-Dade for COVID-19 complications decreased from 356 to 341, according to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” control panel. According to Friday’s data, 42 people were discharged and 34 people admitted.
COVID-19 TESTS IN FLORIDA
Since the coronavirus crisis began, the number of tests administered has experienced steady growth.
Tests, such as hospitalizations, help officials determine the progress of the virus and play a role in determining whether it is safe to remove orders to stay home and ease restrictions.
Epidemiologists then use test data to create a positivity rate. The rate helps them determine whether an increase in cases is due to an increase in managed testing or whether it means greater transmission of the virus in the community.
On Friday, the Florida Department of Health reported the results of 77,615 people examined Thursday. The positivity rate of new cases (people who tested positive for the first time) was 3.77%.
If the new tests are included, people who tested positive once and are being tested a second time, the positivity rate was 4.92% of the total, according to the report.