The number of COVID-19 patients in Florida hospitals is rising by 24 percent
The number of COVID-19 patients in Florida hospitals is rising by 24 percent

The number of COVID-19 patients in Florida hospitals is rising by 24 percent

The number of hospitalized patients in Florida with COVID-19 rose 24 percent over the past week, according to data released Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It comes after an increase of almost 20 percent the previous week.

The data showed that 1,941 inpatients had COVID-19, up from 1,560 one week earlier and 1,303 two weeks earlier.

The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has also increased. The new data showed that 168 COVID-19 patients needed intensive care, up from 131 one week earlier and 103 two weeks earlier.

The state saw a jump in COVID-19 cases last week, while reported deaths among residents rose to more than 74,300 since the pandemic began.

A report issued Friday by the State Department of Health said Florida had reported 60,204 new COVID-19 cases in the week from May 13 to Thursday. It was an increase from 39,374 new cases the previous week and continued a steady increase over the last two months.

For example, the state reported 8,040 cases during the week beginning March 11th. The increase has come as variants of coronavirus have evolved and spread.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health report said 74,330 residents of Florida had died of COVID-19 after a Thursday count. That was an increase from 74,060 deaths in a report issued two weeks ago. Due to delays in reporting, it is not clear when the further deaths occurred.

While Florida in recent weeks has seen increases in the total number of COVID-19 cases, the numbers remain far lower than early in the year when the highly contagious omicron variant of coronavirus swept across the state.

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