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Florida Coronavirus Cases Increase by 21,699, Hospitalizations Grow By 870

The number of people in Florida's hospitals with the coronavirus rose by 870 on Tuesday, bringing the total to 16,832, a new high for the state.

The number of coronavirus cases in Florida rose by 21,669 on Tuesday, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The agency also reported that the state's deaths from COVID-19 increased by seven to 41,130.

Florida’s coronavirus case total now stands at 2,955,098.

There were 16,832 people with the coronavirus being treated in the state's hospitals, an increase of 870 over Monday. It's the highest number of hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

Of those in the hospital, 3,575 people were in intensive care, which was more than 53 percent of the state's staffed ICU beds.

While the cases and deaths were recorded over the last two days, they may have occurred in previous weeks or months. WUSF's statistics are tabulated on a cumulative basis, while the CDC is adjusting its figures so cases and deaths are recorded on the day they occur as opposed to the day they were reported to the agency.

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Julio Ochoa is editor of Health News Florida.