Florida’s Department of Health confirmed Wednesday’s 10,181 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 301,810. 112 new deaths have also been announced, increasing the nationwide death toll to 4,521.
COVID-19 cases in South Florida
▪ Miami-Dade County According to the State Department of Health, 2,514 other confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 27 new deaths were reported. The county now has 72,317 confirmed cases and 1,202 deaths.
▪ Broward County reported 1
▪ Palm Beach County saw 509 additional confirmed cases and 10 new deaths. The county now has 22,788 confirmed cases and 634 deaths.
▪ Monroe County reported 29 more illnesses and no new deaths. The Florida Keys now have 670 confirmed cases and six deaths.
COVID-19 hospitalization in Florida
One of the tools that officials rely on to determine if the state’s coronavirus situation is improving is through hospital data. Unlike tests, which may be limited or take days to report results, hospitalizations can help officials get a real-time overview of how many people are seriously ill with COVID-19.
On Friday, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration began reporting the number of patients admitted to hospital nationwide with a “primary diagnosis of COVID”. The data, which is updated at least every hour, does not differentiate between the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units in hospitals and those in acute beds that require less attention from nurses.
Previously, the state only provided the total number of hospital stays in its national and county-level data. Miami-Dade was an exception as hospitals themselves report a number of key metrics, including hospital stays, to the county that have been publishing this data for several months.
According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration’s dashboard, 8,229 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
There are 1,845 in Miami-Dade, 1,163 in Broward, 646 in Palm Beach and 19 in Monroe County.
Florida’s current hospital data does not always match the hospital data specified on the Miami-Dade New Normal dashboard. Jennifer Moon, Deputy Mayor of Miami-Dade, told the Miami Herald Friday that there can be a number of reasons why the county’s hospital records differ from those of the state.
She said these reasons included the frequency of daily updates, human error, and whether the government agency included patients who went to the emergency room for other urgent medical needs and who tested positive for COVID after they were admitted.
On Tuesday, hospital stays in Miami-Dade rose to an all-time high of 2,029 due to COVID-19 complications, according to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” dashboard. According to Tuesday, 222 people were released and 182 people were admitted.
According to Florida’s COVID-19 data and surveillance dashboard, a total of 19,334 residents were hospitalized in the state for COVID-19 complications.
COVID-19 testing in Florida
Testing in Florida has grown steadily since the COVID-19 crisis began.
Tests such as hospital stays help officials determine the progress of the virus and play a role in determining whether it is safe to place orders for home stays and relax restrictions.
The recommended number of tests required daily varies between experts, but the dean of the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine told the governor that Florida needs to test about 33,000 people every day.
On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health reported 67,160 new tests on Monday. According to the report, the positive rate was 18.31% of the total rate. A total of 3,330,418 tests were carried out.
So far, 2,688,366 people have been tested in Florida. Of the total tested, 291,629 (approx. 10.69%) tested positive. The state says there are 2,057 tests with pending results. Wednesday’s test data was not immediately available.
The state began adding antigen test results to Florida’s case numbers earlier this month. Antigen tests are a new category of tests that detect fragments of proteins found in the virus by testing samples taken with nasal swabs. The FDA approved the first antigen COVID 19 tests in May.