COVID-19 in Florida: 6,586 new cases, 62 more dead

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Florida reported 6,586 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the pandemic total to 938,414.

The state also reported another 62 deaths over the past 24 hours.

Altogether, 17,991 people have died from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, including 223 non-residents.

Most of the deaths happened in recent weeks but were just confirmed in the past day.

The number of patients hospitalized continues to climb. The spike indicates South Florida is likely experiencing the same surge occurring across the nation.

Since the pandemic began, 53,403 residents have been hospitalized for the disease in Florida.

Statewide, 3,613 patients were hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms as of 3 p.m. Sunday, according to the Florida Agency on Healthcare Administration. A week ago, that number was at 3,128. That means another 485 patients with coronavirus symptoms have checked into hospitals over the past seven days.

In Broward County, 356 patients were in the hospital on Sunday being treated for the virus. Three weeks ago, that number was at 238. In Miami-Dade County, 515 patients were hospitalized, compared to 316 on Nov. 1. And in Palm Beach County, 259 patients were in the hospital. Three weeks ago, it was 147.

Hospitalizations

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, 3,613 people were hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration. That’s an increase of 217 patients in 24 hours.

In South Florida, Broward County reported 356 patients, up by 37; Palm Beach County had 259, up by 20; and Miami-Dade had the most in the state with 515, an increase of 42.

Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients statewide.

Since the pandemic began, 53,403 residents have been hospitalized for the disease, according to the state health department.

National and global view

U.S.: More than 12.17 million people in the country have been infected with the novel coronavirus and 256,442 have died as of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 dashboard.

World: More than 58.4 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and 1.38 million people have died from the disease, Johns Hopkins says. The U.S. has had the most COVID-19 cases and deaths of any country. The U.S. has 4.3% of the world’s population, but 20.83% of the world’s cases and 18.5% of the world’s deaths.

Other countries with high COVID-19 death tolls include Brazil with 168,989, India with 133,227, Mexico with 100,823 and the United Kingdom with 55,120.

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Susannah Bryan can be reached at sbryan@sunsentinel.com or on Twitter @Susannah_Bryan

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