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Florida COVID update: 27,584 new cases reported and 8 deaths added

Miami Herald logo Miami Herald 8/27/2021 Devoun Cetoute and Michelle Marchante, Miami Herald
an orange sign that is in a parking lot: In Florida cars are lining up for Covid-19 testings once again, amid record hospitalizations, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis downplays the outbreaks severity, blaming media hysteria. © Chandan Khanna/AFP/AFP/TNS In Florida cars are lining up for Covid-19 testings once again, amid record hospitalizations, as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis downplays the outbreaks severity, blaming media hysteria.

MIAMI – Florida on Friday reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 27,584 COVID-19 cases were added Thursday, according to Miami Herald calculations of CDC data.

The state also reported eight new deaths Thursday. In all, Florida has added at least 3,179,493 confirmed COVID cases statewide and 43,640 deaths.

The cases added on Thursday broke the state’s current single-day case total record. On Aug. 24 26,385 cases were added on a single day, according to Herald calculations of data provided by the CDC.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Florida

There were 16,457 people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Florida on Friday, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services from 258 Florida hospitals. That is 376 fewer patients than Thursday’s COVID patient population.

COVID-19 patients also accounted for 28.17% of all hospital patients.

Of the hospitalized in Florida, 3,608 people were in intensive care unit beds, a decrease of 80. That represents 54.22% of the state’s ICU hospital beds from 258 hospitals reporting data.

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