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Florida tops 10,000 COVID-19 cases for 3rd straight day as hospitalizations continue to rise

By Howard Cohen, Miami Herald on

Published in News & Features

MIAMI — Florida's Department of Health on Saturday confirmed 10,431 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state's known total to 1,049,638. This is the third consecutive day that that state has added more than 10,000 cases and tops Friday's 10,177.

Also, 90 new resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident death toll to 19,084.

The cumulative non-resident death toll held steady at 242 deaths.

Florida has the third highest number of total confirmed cases in the country after Texas and California, according to The New York Times COVID-19 database.

_Miami-Dade County reported 2,238 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and eight new deaths, according to Florida's Department of Health. The county has a total of 241,051 confirmed cases and 3,896 deaths. Percent positivity for new cases decreased from 8.18% to 8.05%.

_Broward County reported 1,100 additional confirmed cases and three new deaths. The county now has a known total of 112,729 cases and 1,694 deaths. Percent positivity for new cases increased from 7.41% to 7.67%.

 

_Palm Beach County saw 645 additional confirmed cases and five new deaths. The county now has 68,381 confirmed cases and 1,724 deaths. Percent positivity for new cases decreased from 6.79% to 6.44%.

_Monroe County confirmed 30 additional cases and no new deaths. The county has a known total of 3,545 cases and 28 deaths. Percent positivity for new cases decreased from 12.2% to 8.24%.

One of the tools that officials rely on to determine whether the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospitalization data. Unlike testing, which might be limited or takes days to report results, hospitalizations can help give officials a real-time snapshot of how many people are severely ill with COVID-19.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reports the number of patients hospitalized statewide with a "primary diagnosis of COVID." The data, which is updated at least every hour, does not distinguish between the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units and those in acute-care beds, which require less attention from nurses.

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