Coronavirus: Florida hits new record in hospitalizations

Coronavirus: Florida hits new record in hospitalizations

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — More people are being admitted to the hospital in Florida. Thursday, the Florida Department of Health revealed a new record high in hospitalizations.

The department recorded 265 new hospitalizations across the state on that day, resulting in an increase from 8,681 to 8,946. This is the state’s largest single-day increase in hospitalizations thus far during the coronavirus pandemic.

Most of the new cases were reported in southern counties: Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward. However, those counties started seeing diagnosed coronavirus cases weeks ahead of Northeast Florida counties. Now we’re waiting to see if the same trend will happen in the Jacksonville area.

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“Anytime anything moves up, it’s been either a long-term care facility, which isn’t the worst thing in the world because we’re offensively going in and testing people that aren’t even symptomatic,” Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said in Jacksonville Friday.

Although the FDOH daily report shows a recent increase, DeSantis said the overall trend is down.

“Since we entered phase 1, the number of people hospitalized in the ICU with COVID has declined by 26%,” Governor DeSantis said.