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Florida Reports Slight Increase In COVID-Related Hospitalizations

Wednesday's state report lists 3,105 COVID patients in hospitals, the most since March 12. Meantime, the number of new daily cases was up 5% from last week.

The Florida Department of Health on Wednesday reported 5,885 people tested positive for the coronavirus since Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases statewide to 2,096,747.

According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University and analyzed by NPR, that’s a 5% increase in daily cases from last week and a 20 percent increase from two weeks ago.

The state also reported a slight increase in hospitalizations with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. Another 98 were hospitalized on Wednsday, lifting the total to 3,105 across Florida.

That’s the highest number of current hospitalizations since March 12, when 3,116 people were hospitalized.

Wednesday's report showed that out of the 42 new deaths recorded across the state. The total stands at 34,476.

Of the 98,761 tests returned on Tuesday, 6.95% of those tested for the first time were positive.

Florida opened vaccines to anyone over the age of 18 Monday; 16- and 17-year-olds can also get the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. As of Wednesday, just over 6.63 million people in Florida had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 3.9 million people being fully vaccinated.

State Totals (as of Wednesday, April 7)

  • Positive Tests – 2,096,747
  • Deaths – 34,476

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 5,885| Deaths – 42
  • Greater Tampa Bay region: Positive Tests – 1,323 | Deaths – 4

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 98,761 | Positivity Rate – 6.95%

ABOUT THE DATA: The Florida Department of Health produces a daily update around 11 a.m. with information about COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported over the previous 24 hours. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state separately tracks cases and deaths that occurred on specific days on its dashboard and those totals are frequently updated.

Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for the last two weeks:

  • April 7: 5,885/42
  • April 6: 5,556/70
  • April 5: 3,480/36
  • April 4: 4,794/22
  • April 3: 6,017/67
  • April 2: 6,490/96
  • April 1: 6,790/71
  • March 31: 5,294/89
  • March 30: 5,062/92
  • March 29: 3,374/72
  • March 28: 4,943/36
  • March 27: 5,883/27
  • March 26: 5,750/167
  • March 25: 5,773/109

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Daylina Miller is a multimedia reporter for WUSF and Health News Florida, covering health in the Tampa Bay area and across the state.