Nearly 200 Floridians died from COVID-19 yesterday


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Florida reported 22,783 new cases of COVID-19 and 199 deaths on Thursday as it continued to be hit hard by the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus, according to information released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida accounted for 28% of the 700 deaths reported nationwide for the day and nearly 25% of the 92,282 new cases of COVID-19. Meanwhile, more than 84% of hospital beds in Florida were occupied, totaling 45,599 patients, according to the latest available data released by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Just over 23% of beds were filled with people with COVID-19, including 174 pediatric patients. No other state has reported having up to 20% of its hospital beds occupied by patients with COVID-19.

Meanwhile, 33 hospitals said they experienced a “critical understaffing” on Thursday. 168 other establishments said they did not have a critical shortage. 59 other hospitals did not report their status.

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