The Florida Department of Health on Thursday confirmed an additional 6,257 COVID-19 infections, bringing the state’s known total to 827,380. In addition, 39 deaths due to residents were announced, bringing the number of deaths to 16,961.
No deaths were reported by new non-residents, resulting in 209 non-residents.
Since the beginning of October, Florida has seen an increase in a number of new confirmed cases. Thursday’s cases were the most Florida reported since August 15 when 6,352 were added – excluding the September Quest Diagnostics data dump. increased although this is not the highest number of people tested this month.
Testing, like hospitalization, helps officials determine the progression of the virus and plays a role in deciding whether it̵7;s safe to lift home stay orders and relax restrictions. .
Then, epidemiologists use the test data to produce the positive rate. This ratio helps them determine whether the increase in cases is due to an increase in testing or if it means an increase in virus transmission in the community.
On Thursday, the Florida Department of Health reported the results of 108,800 people tested on Wednesday. The positive rate for new cases (those who tested positive for the first time) decreased from 7.73% to 6.20%.
If re-tests are included – those who tested positive once and are being tested a second time – the positive rate dropped from 9.32% to 7.35%, according to the report.
Cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in South Florida
Note: The Florida Department of Health states that each county’s positive percentage for new cases (those who test positive for the first time) does not include re-tests (those who already have the result positive once and being tested a second time).
▪ Miami-Dade County reported 1,396 confirmed cases of COVID-19 supplementation and no new deaths, according to the Florida Department of Health. The whole district currently has a total of 190,728 confirmed cases and 3,670 deaths. The positive percentage for new cases increased from 6.79% to 6.85%. The 14-day positive percentage average is 5.30%, according to the Miami-Dade County “New Normal” Dashboard.
▪ Broward County has reported an additional 803 confirmed cases and 8 new deaths. The county currently has a total of 89,184 cases and 1,542 deaths. The positive percentage for new cases decreased from 6.95% to 6.36%.
▪ Palm Beach County recorded an additional 458 confirmed cases and two new deaths. The whole county currently has 54,260 confirmed cases and 1,606 deaths. The positive rate for new cases decreased from 7.67% to 7.19%.
▪ Monroe County confirmed 51 additional cases and no new deaths. The county had a total of 2,477 cases and 25 deaths. The positive percentage for new cases decreased from 12.62% to 10.00%.
COVID-19 hospitalized in Florida
One of the tools officials rely on to determine whether the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospitalization data. Unlike testing, which can be limited or takes days to report results, hospitalization can help officials at a glance see the number of seriously ill people with COVID-19 in real time.
The Florida Health Care Administration reports hospital admissions across the state with a “primary diagnosis as COVID”. Data, updated at least every hour, do not differentiate between the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units and those in acute care beds, which require little medical attention. pay more attention.
In the past, the state only provided total hospital admissions in county and state data. Miami-Dade is an exception, with hospitals self-reporting some of the key metrics, including hospital admissions, to the county, which have made this data public for several months.
As of 2:16 pm Thursday, 2,527 COVID-19 patients have been admitted to hospitals across the state, according to the Florida Health Care Authority dashboard. This is a significant reduction from early August, when more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state.
Of the hospitalizations on Thursday, 340 were in Miami-Dade, 270 were in Broward, 161 were in Palm Beach and three were in Monroe counties, according to the agency.
Florida’s current hospitalization data do not always match the hospitalization data reported in the Miami-Dade “New Normal” dashboard. Officials say this could be for a number of reasons, including the frequency of daily updates.
On Thursday, hospital admissions in Miami-Dade for COVID-19 complications rose from 430 to 437, according to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” dashboard. According to data on Thursday, 55 people were discharged and 66 people were hospitalized.
The state had a total of 50,077 Florida residents hospitalized for complications related to COVID-19, according to Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Monitoring Console.