Florida reports more than 4,000 coronavirus cases, pushing known total past 584,000

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article245074725.html

Florida’s Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 4,115 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 584,047. There were also 174 Florida resident deaths announced, bringing the resident death toll to 9,932.

There were no new nonresident deaths announced, leaving the nonresident toll at 135.

 

One of the tools that officials rely on to determine whether the coronavirus situation is improving in the state is hospitalization data. Unlike testing, which might be limited or take days to report results, hospitalizations can help give officials a real-time snapshot of how many people are severely ill with COVID-19.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration reports the number of patients hospitalized statewide with a “primary diagnosis of COVID.” The data, which is updated at least every hour, does not distinguish between the number of COVID-19 patients in hospital intensive care units and those in acute-care beds, which require less attention from nurses.

Previously, the state was only providing the total number of hospitalizations in its statewide and county-level data. Miami-Dade was an exception, with hospitals self-reporting a number of key metrics, including hospitalizations, to the county, which has made this data public for several months.

 

Florida’s current hospitalization data does not always match the hospitalization data reported in Miami-Dade’s “New Normal” dashboard. Officials say this could be for a number of reasons including the frequency of daily updates.

 

Testing, like hospitalizations, helps officials determine the virus’ progress and plays a role in deciding whether it is safe to lift stay-at-home orders and loosen restrictions.

Epidemiologists then use the testing data to create a positive rate. The rate helps them determine if a rise in cases is because of an increase in testing, or if it means there’s increased transmission of the virus in the community.

On Wednesday, Florida’s Department of Health reported the results of 67,822 people tested on Tuesday. The positive rate of new cases (people who tested positive for the first time) was 7.08%.

 

If retests are included — people who have tested positive once and are being tested for a second time — the positive rate for Wednesday’s testing was 10.21% of the total, according to the report.

More at the link above.  Every place I look mentions a suspicion the data reported doesn’t match or a suggestion that the date / numbers are being tampered with.  Now that they are not counting anyone being treated for other symptoms but still have Covid as a Covid case the numbers are lower, but very misleading.   Hugs

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