Florida’s tally of deaths from the new coronavirus surged Tuesday while hospitalizations for the disease declined for the second week in a row, according to information released by the state.
Florida reported 245 new deaths Tuesday, bringing its seven-day average in daily reported deaths to 184 — its highest rate yet and just behind Texas for the past week with 186. They compare with more than 760 on average daily deaths for New York at its peak in mid-April.
The number of people being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals statewide continued a nearly two-week downward trajectory, with 7,797 patients in the late morning Tuesday, from 7,991 the day before and down from highs of more than 9,500 about two weeks ago, said the DOH.
Also, for the 10th day in a row, there were fewer than 10,000 newly recorded cases, with only 5,446 positive results reported in a 24-hour period. Whether these numbers reflect a sustained downward trend won’t be clear until fresh results are reported, because many large testing sites were closed over the weekend and into Monday due to Tropical Storm Isaias. Those sites have since reopened.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Florida is just shy of 500,000, and more than 7,500 have died.
Florida coronavirus hospitalizations down, deaths up