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Number of COVID-19 patients in Florida hospitals increases 24 percent

Nurse in blue tends to one of her COVID patients lying in bed
Louis Brems
University of Florida
Becky Hunter, RN, tends to one of her COVID patients on ICU Unit 82 at UF Health in Gainesville, FL.

The number of Florida hospital inpatients with COVID-19 jumped 24% during the past week, according to data posted Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

It comes after a nearly 20% increase the previous week.

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

Also, the number of COVID-19 patients in intensive-care units has increased. The new data showed 168 COVID-19 patients needing intensive care, up from 131 a week earlier and 103 two weeks earlier.

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