The Florida Department of Health confirmed 738 COVID-19 cases on Monday, which is the lowest single-day count since early June. In addition, the death toll of five new Florida residents was announced, bringing the state’s death toll to 14,037.
Currently, the state has confirmed a total of 701,302 COVID-19 cases. There were no new deaths of non-residents, bringing the cumulative number of non-residents to 170.
The single-day count of newly confirmed cases on Monday was the lowest reported case since June 2, at 617. On Monday, the Florida Department of Health also reported the results of 20,991
Although fewer tests are usually processed on weekends, sometimes resulting in a decrease in the number of cases on Monday, Florida has not reported tests in the 20,000 range since early June to mid-June. Even so, the number of tests in May usually does not exceed 20,000, while the number of cases per day is usually less than 1,000.
COVID-19 cases confirmed in South Florida
Note: The Florida Department of Health stated that the positive rate of new cases in each county (people who tested positive for the first time) does not include retesting (people who tested positive once and tested a second time).
▪ Miami-Dade County According to the Florida Department of Health, the report also reported 40 confirmed COVID-19 cases and reduced its death toll by three. The county currently has 169,466 confirmed cases and 3,228 deaths. The positive rate of new cases: 2.70%. According to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” dashboard, the positive rate for these 14 days averaged 4.30%.
It is not clear what caused the decrease in deaths, but health officials have previously said that when investigators determine that the person is a resident of another county, a decrease in the death toll sometimes occurs. The Florida Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.
▪ Broward County Another 20 confirmed cases of the disease and 1 new death were reported. The county has a total of 76,874 cases and 1,380 deaths. Positive rate of new cases: 1.74%
▪ Palm Beach County Another 27 confirmed cases. The county currently has 46,310 confirmed cases, and the positive rate of new cases is 2.06%. Despite the increase in the number of new deaths, its death toll has risen to 1,343.
The county report in Florida lists five new deaths in Palm Beach County. However, when comparing the cumulative number of deaths on Monday (1,343) with the cumulative number of deaths on Sunday (1,342), there is a death difference. The Florida Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.
▪ Monroe County Two other cases were confirmed and there were no new deaths. A total of 1837 cases and 22 deaths are known in the county. Positive rate of new cases: 3.33%
Florida COVID-19 hospitalization
One of the tools that officials use to determine whether the state of the coronavirus is improving is hospitalization data. Unlike tests that may be restricted or take several days to report results, hospitalization can help officials understand in real time how many people are infected with COVID-19.
The Florida Department of Health Care reported the number of patients hospitalized across the state due to the “preliminary diagnosis of COVID.” The data is updated at least every hour and cannot distinguish the number of COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit and emergency bed of a hospital, which requires less care.
Previously, the state only provided total hospitalizations in its state and county data. The exception is Miami-Dade University, where the hospital itself reports many key indicators to the county, including hospitalizations, which has been publicly available for several months.
The Florida Department of Health Care management dashboard shows that as of 2:30 pm on Monday, a total of 2,119 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to hospitals across the state. This is a significant drop compared to early August, when more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state.
According to the agency, of Thursday’s hospitalizations, 236 were in Miami-Dade County, 198 were in Broward, 115 were in Palm Beach, and four were in Monroe County.
The current hospitalization data in Florida does not always match the hospitalization data reported in Miami-Dade’s “New Normal” dashboard. Officials said there could be multiple reasons for this, including the frequency of daily updates.
According to the Miami-Dade County “New Normal” dashboard, the number of people hospitalized in Miami-Dade due to complications of COVID-19 dropped from 342 to 325 on Monday. According to Monday’s data, 37 people have been discharged and 30 have been admitted.
According to Florida’s COVID-19 data and monitoring dashboard, 43,606 Florida residents in the state have been hospitalized due to COVID-19-related complications.
COVID-19 testing in Florida
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, testing in Florida has been increasing steadily.
Testing, like hospitalization, can help officials determine the progress of the virus and play a role in deciding whether it is safe to lift family routines and relax restrictions.
The epidemiologist then uses the test data to create a positive rate. This ratio can help them determine whether the increase in cases is due to the increase in testing or means that the spread of the virus in the community has increased.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported the results of the tests conducted on 20,991 people on Sunday. The positive rate of new cases (people who tested positive for the first time) was 4.23%.
The report said that if retesting (one test was positive, people who tested the second time) the positive rate was 5.37%.