The Florida Department of Health on Saturday confirmed 4,044 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total state number to 752,481. Also, 87 resident deaths were announced, seven fewer than announced on Friday, bringing the number of residents to 15,917.
No new non-resident deaths were announced, leaving the number of non-residents at 200.
Saturday is the third day this week that Florida has reported more than 3,000 cases. This is also the highest number of one-day reports reported since August 22, with 4,311 cases added, although there are two exceptions.
On October 11, more than 5,000 cases were added because duplicate test results were blocked in Florida’s one-day data reporting system and Saturday numbers were folded in total. There was also a “data dump” on September 1 when 7,569 cases were reported. Office of Ron Governor Ron DeSantis said during the “data dump” that Quest Diagnostics suddenly uploaded 80,000 test results, some as old as April.
According to Saturday’s dashboard, the statewide test declined by 940 people compared to Friday numbers and the daily positive rate rose from 4.36% to 5.19%.
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 are tested on second chance).
▪ Miami-Dade Province reported 554 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 – an increase of 24 compared to Friday — and 17 new deaths, two less than reported on Friday, according to the Florida Department of Health. The province now has 177,893 confirmed cases and 3,537 deaths. The positive percentage for new cases increased from 4.11% to 4.76%. The 14-day average positive is 4.56%, according to the Miami-Dade County “New Normal” Dashboard.
▪ Broward County reported 377 additional confirmed cases of the disease, an increase of 46 compared to Friday, and six new deaths, two fewer than reported Friday. The province has a known total of 80,820 cases and 1,506 deaths. The percentage of positive for new cases increased from 3.96% to 4.85%.
▪ Palm Beach County saw 196 additional confirmed cases, 18 more than reported Friday, and nine new deaths, three more on Friday. The province now has 48,870 confirmed cases and 1,487 deaths. The positive percentage for new cases increased from 3.37% to 3.82%
▪ Monroe County confirmed 16 additional cases, four fewer than Friday, and a new death. The province has a total of 2,038 cases and 25 deaths. The positive percentage for new cases increased from 7.81% to 10.88%.
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 10 a.m. Saturday, there were 2,037 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 Saturday, 256 were in Miami-Dade, 178 in Broward, 101 in Palm Beach and eight in Monroe counties, a slight increase in all counties except Miami-Dade, 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 Saturday, hospitals in Miami-Dade for COVID-19 complications had a slight increase from 325 to 326, according to Miami-Dade County’s “New Normal” dashboard. According to Saturday data, 48 people were released and 44 people were admitted.
The state has 46,976 Florida residents hospitalized for complications associated with COVID-19, an increase from 46,862 on Friday, according to Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.
COVID-19 trial in Florida
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 higher transmission of the virus to the community.
On Saturday, the Florida Department of Health reported the results of 77,517 people tested on Friday. The rate of positivity of new cases (people who tested positive for the first time) increased from 4.36% to 5.19%.