COVID Hospitalization Rates Fall in Florida for 3rd Straight Day

PUNTA GORDA, Florida—For the third consecutive day, Florida’s hospitalization rates for COVID-19 patients have declined, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On Aug. 12, confirmed COVID-19 admissions were 2,210; on Aug. 13, the number stayed the same; and on Aug. 14, it dropped to 2,095, according to the CDC. The total number hospitalized with COVID-19 on Aug. 12 was 14,051, with a slight jump on Aug. 13 to 14,248, but down to 13,703 on Aug. 14. New cases reported by Florida Department of Health to the CDC on Aug. 13 were 22,355; on Aug. 14 16,476 cases were reported; and on Aug. 15, there were 17,216 cases reported. It is unknown why the case numbers are dropping. Tampa Bay General Hospital (TGH) reports on its website that it has over 90 percent of its beds occupied with COVID-19 patients. Seventy-nine ICU beds were …

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