The Florida Department of Health on Monday confirmed 738 additional cases of COVID-19, the lowest number a day seen since early June. Also, five new Florida resident deaths were announced, bringing the total population to 14,037.
The state has now confirmed a total of 701,302 COVID-19 cases. There were also no new non-resident deaths, leaving the combined toll non-resident at 170.
The number of days on Monday of newly confirmed cases was the lowest reported since June 2 with 617 cases. On Monday, the Florida Department of Health also reported the results of 20,991people on Sunday, less than half of the previous day’s count.
While fewer trials are usually processed over the weekend and sometimes also cause Monday to see a smaller number of cases, Florida has not reported 20,000-range trials from early until mid-June. Even then, trials of 20,000 and less were more common in May, when the number of single-day cases was typically less than 1,000.
COVID-19 cases confirmed in South Florida
Note: The Florida Department of Health states that each county’s positive percentage for new cases (those who test positive for the first time) does not include tests (those who test positive once and test in second chance).
▪ Miami-Dade Province reported 40 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 and reduced the death toll to three, according to the Florida Department of Health. The province now has 169,466 confirmed cases and 3,228 deaths. Positive percentage for new cases: 2.70%. The 14-day average positive is 4.30%, according to the Miami-Dade County “New Normal” Dashboard.
It is not clear what caused the decrease in the number of deaths, but health officials have previously said that declines sometimes occur when investigators identify the person as a resident of another province. The Florida Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.
▪ Broward County reported 20 additional confirmed cases of the disease and a new death. The province has a total of 76,874 cases and 1,380 deaths. Positive percentage for new cases: 1.74%
▪ Palm Beach County saw 27 additional confirmed cases. The province now has 46,310 confirmed cases and has 2.06% positive for new cases. The death toll rose to 1,343 although there was a difference in how many new deaths were added.
The Florida county-by-county report lists five new deaths for Palm Beach County. However, when you compare the cumulative number of deaths on Monday (1,343) with the cumulative number of Sundays (1,342) there is a difference in death. The Florida Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for clarification.
▪ Monroe County two additional cases were confirmed and no new deaths were reported. The province has a total of 1,837 cases and 22 deaths. Positive percentage for new cases: 3.33%
COVID-19 hospitals in Florida
One of the tools that officials rely on to determine if the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospital data. Unlike testing, which may be limited or take several days to report results, hospitals can help give officials a real-time snapshot of how many people are seriously ill with COVID-19 .
The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reports the number of patients hospitalized statewide with “primary COVID diagnosis.” The data, which is updated at least once every hour, does not distinguish between the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units and those in unattended beds, who require less attention from nurses.
Previously, the state provided only the total number of statewide hospitalizations and county data levels. Miami-Dade is an exception, along with self-reporting by hospitals of many key metrics, including hospitalizations, in the province, which has made this data public for months.
As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, there were 2,119 COVID-19 patients admitted to hospitals across the state, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration dashboard. This is a significant decrease since early August, when more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted to hospitals across the state.
At the hospitalization on Thursday, 236 were in Miami-Dade, 198 in Broward, 115 in Palm Beach and four in Monroe counties, according to the agency.
Current Florida hospital data does not always match hospitalization data reported on the Miami-Dade “New Normal” dashboard. Officials said this could be for a number of reasons, including the frequency of daily updates.
On Monday, Miami-Dade hospitals for COVID-19 complications were reduced from 342 to 325, according to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” dashboard. According to Monday’s data, 37 people were released and 30 people were admitted.
The state has 43,606 Florida residents hospitalized due to complications associated with COVID-19, according to Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
COVID-19 Florida Trial
The Florida trial has seen steady growth since the COVID-19 crisis began.
Tests, such as hospitalization, help officials determine the progress of the virus and play a role in deciding whether to safely lift orders at home and loosen restrictions.
Epidemiologists use test data to create a positive rate. The rate helps them determine if the increase in cases is due to an increase in testing or if it means there is a higher transmission of the virus to the community.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported the results of 20,991 people tested on Sunday. The positive rate of new cases (people who test positive for the first time) is 4.23%.
If tests were included – people who tested positive once and tested a second time – the positive rate was 5.37% of the total, the report said.