Florida’s health department confirmed 8,935 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, giving the state’s total record of 232,718. It also announced 120 new deaths, raising state tolls to 4,009.
The 120 deaths are the most confirmed by the health department within a 24-hour period, although this does not necessarily mean that all people died during the last 24 hours.
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▪ Miami-Dade County reported 1,987 further confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 24 new deaths. The county now has 55,961 confirmed cases and 1,092 deaths, the highest in the state.
▪ Broward County reported 1,321 further confirmed cases of the disease and eight new deaths. The county now has 25,102 known cases and 427 deaths.
▪ Palm Beach County saw 425 further confirmed cases and nine new deaths. The county now has 18,656 confirmed cases and 578 deaths.
▪ Monroe County reported another 18 cases of the disease and no new deaths. The Florida Keys now have 445 confirmed cases and six deaths.
Here is a summary of what you need to know:
Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida
One of the tools that officials rely on to determine if the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospital stay data. Unlike tests, which can be limited or take days to report results, hospital admissions can help give officials a real-time picture of how many people are seriously ill with COVID-19.
Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Instrument Panel does not reflect the number of people currently admitted and provides only the total number of hospital admissions in its data across the state and county.
Last week, Florida Gov. confirmed Ron DeSanti’s Office of the Miami Herald that the state should begin reporting current hospitalization numbers for all counties.
The change comes after a fall in recent weeks and as public health experts and the nonprofit COVID Tracking Project, a voluntary group that has become the most productive coronavirus data collector in the country, pressures the state to begin reporting current hospital admissions, saying information is a clearer way to assess how bad pandemic.
The governor’s office told the Miami Herald earlier this week that it was still planning to publicly report the information, but would not set a timeline.
On Thursday, the state still provided only total hospital admissions – 409 hospital admissions were added, bringing the total state to 17,167.
Hospitals in Miami-Dade have self-reported a number of important metrics, including hospital admissions, to the county, which has published this information for several months.
On Wednesday, Miami-Dade hospitalizations for COVID-19 complications rose to 1,688, according to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” panel. According to Wednesday’s data, 200 people were released and 185 people were added.
On Tuesday, 193 people were released and 184 people were adopted.
Researchers are also still working to learn more about the virus, including how many people in the community are infected and have mild or no symptoms, which can make it difficult to determine what percentage of cases hospitalizations represent.
COVID-19 testing in Florida
Testing in Florida has seen steady growth since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.
Testing, like hospital admissions, helps officials determine the virus’s progress and plays a role in determining whether it is safe to lift stays at home and loosen the restrictions.
The recommended number of daily tests needed 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 each day.
On Wednesday, Florida’s health department reported 75,865 new tests on Tuesday. The positive rate was 17.30% of the total according to the report. A total of 2,806,420 tests have been conducted.
To date, 2,322,389 people have been tested in Florida. Of the total tested, 223,783 (about 9.64%) tested positive. The state says that there are 1,773 tests with pending results. Thursday’s test data was not immediately available.
The state began adding antigen test results in Florida’s case total last week. Antigen testing is a new category of tests that detect fragments of proteins found in the virus by testing samples collected in nasal passages. The FDA approved the first antigen COVID-19 tests in May.