Florida surpasses 50K COVID-19 deaths but sees drop in hospitalizations

DORAL, FL – Florida surpasses 50K COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention accounted a total of 50,817 deaths after six more deaths were reported on Friday. 

Now, Florida has risen from the 17th worst per-capita death rate states among the 50 ones to the 11th, according to the CDC. New Jersey, Mississippi and New York have had the worst.

As per statistics from Florida’s Health Department, about one in every 400 Florida residents who were alive in March 2020 has since died of COVID-19. Only cancer and heart disease have been more aggressive killing each about 70,000 Floridians during the same period of time. 

In Miami-Dade County, as of Thursday the CDC’s Community Profile Report showed a death toll of 7,730 while Broward showed one of 4,090.

State wide, Monroe County has experienced the fewest deaths per capita with one for every 1,115 residents, while Alachua County is positioned as the second-least deadly place; Orange County, home to Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando, as the third, and Leon as the fourth-least deadly county in the state. 

Regarding hospitalizations, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, on Friday there were 9,585 COVID-19 patients from 255 Florida hospitals, which represents 662 fewer patients than those showed in Thursday’s report accounted from 253 hospitals. That number reached more than 17,000 COVID-19 people on Aug. 23.

In today’s report, COVID-19 patients took up 16.51% of all inpatient hospital beds compared to 17.53% in the previous day’s reporting hospitals.

Florida has recorded at least 3,485,148 confirmed COVID cases and the number of new cases per day is now averaging 12,200, down from 21,700 in mid August.

About this, Governor Ron DeSantis from Florida said the most recent wave of COVID-19 has struck younger and healthier people.

“It is affecting families in ways that we are not used to, so it has been really, really rough,” DeSantis said during a Fort Lauderdale news conference.


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