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Florida COVID-19 Hospitalizations Drop By More Than 500

Federal stats show 15,177 Floridians are hospitalized with COVID-19 — a level not seen since Aug. 9.

The number of people being treated in Florida's hospitals for the coronavirus dropped by 505 Wednesday.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 15,177 people remain hospitalized — a level not seen since Aug. 9.

In addition, 3,353 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care, which was just under half — 49.89% — of the state's staffed ICU beds.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 19,048 people in Florida tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 3,269,502.

The agency also said that 10 people died from COVID-19, bringing the toll to 44,571 people.

While the cases and deaths were recorded Wednesday, they may have occurred in previous weeks or months.

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Mark Schreiner has been the producer and reporter for "University Beat" on WUSF 89.7 FM since 2001 and on WUSF TV from 2007-2017.