The Florida Department of Health confirmed another 4,115 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, bringing the total number of known cases in the state to 790,426. In addition, 66 deaths were announced, bringing the death toll of residents to 16,505.
The state has not reported any new non-resident deaths, so the non-resident death toll remains at 204.
Florida has seen an increase in newly confirmed cases this month. According to data from the Florida Department of Health, the state’s positive rate of new daily cases (those who tested positive for the first time) dropped from 6.28% on Tuesday to 5.43%. Daily testing has also increased from 68,332 to 75,067.
9 cases confirmed in South Florida
Note: The Florida Department of Health states that each county’s positive rate for new cases (people who test positive for the first time) does not include retesting (people who test positive one time and undergo a second test).
▪ Miami-Dade County According to the Florida Department of Health, the United States has reported another 746 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 19 from Tuesday’s figure, and one new death, which is 8 fewer than Tuesday. The county currently has 183,996 confirmed cases and 3,625 deaths. The positive rate of new cases dropped from 5.59% to 5.39%.
▪ Broward County 645 confirmed cases were reported, an increase of 269 from Tuesday, bringing a total of 84,983 cases. The county has not reported any new deaths, and its death toll is 1,520. The positive rate of new cases increased from 5.80% to 7.39%.
▪ Palm Beach County There are 243 confirmed cases, 113 fewer than Tuesday, and 3 new deaths. The county now has 51,415 confirmed cases and 1568 deaths. The positive rate of new cases dropped from 8.27% to 4.95%.
▪ Monroe County It is confirmed that there are 15 cases, the same as Tuesday, with no new deaths. A total of 2229 cases and 25 deaths are known in the county. The positive rate of new cases increased from 5.73% to 6.88%.
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 have been infected with COVID-19.
The Florida Department of Health Care Administration reported on the number of patients hospitalized across the state due to “preliminary COVID diagnosis.” The data is updated at least once an hour and cannot distinguish the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units and emergency beds, which require 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 published for several months.
According to information from the Florida Health Care Administration, as of 9:30 on Wednesday morning, a total of 2,340 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to hospitals across the state, an increase of 25 from Tuesday afternoon. This is a decrease compared to early August, when more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state.
During Wednesday’s hospitalization, there were 330 cases in Miami-Dade Hospital, a drop of 2; in Broward, it remained stable at 210; in Palm Beach there were 131 cases, a drop of 5; according to the agency, in Monroe Keep it stable at 4 o’clock.
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 Florida’s COVID-19 data and monitoring dashboard, a total of 48,722 Florida residents in the state were 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 Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported the results of the tests conducted on 75,067 people on Tuesday. The positive rate of new cases (those who tested positive for the first time) dropped from 6.28% to 5.43%.