Florida reported 4,544 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, a figure lower than some recent daily counts but still high enough to suggest the recent surge in cases is continuing.
The state also reported 45 additional deaths, a figure that reflects fatalities that might have occurred over weeks but are now being logged.
The number of patients hospitalized for the disease continued to climb. While nowhere near the totals at the disease’s previous peak in summer, the increase is a worrisome trend that indicates South Florida is experiencing a surge similar to what’s taking place across the United States.
In Broward County, for example, there are currently 300 patients hospitalized for the coronavirus, according to the Florida Agency on Healthcare Administration. Although that’s well below the 1,200-plus reported in July, it represents a significant increase from the 222 reported two weeks ago.
The number of new cases and deaths is reported daily by the Florida Department of Health. The totals have been climbing over the past few weeks. Last Sunday the state reported 6,820 new cases, the highest daily total since August.
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