On Tuesday, Florida has set a record high in daily COVID-19 deaths, with 132 lives lost.
This number has become the most deaths announced in Florida in a 24-hour period. However, Fox News clarified that not all the deaths necessarily occurred in that time frame.
There were also 9,194 new virus cases on Tuesday (9,122 Florida residents and 72 non-Florida residents).
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According to a report from the Florida Department of Health, since July 13th, “the deaths of one hundred thirty-two Florida residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in Brevard, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Dade, Duval, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Leon, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Seminole counties.”
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The state health department said that a total of 4,409 deaths and 291,629 cases have been reported in Florida so far.
Intensive care unit capacity data from the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration has confirmed the alarming situation.
Fifty-four hospitals that have adult intensive care units were at full capacity as of Wednesday morning.
In a Tuesday roundtable discussion with Miami-Dade County mayors, Gov. Ron DeSantis said: “We’re in a situation now here, in Miami-Dade County in particular, where we see some of metrics have risen, certainly the number of positive tests which are an indicator, but not necessarily the most important, but we have seen, of course, increases in visits to the emergency department and in hospital admissions, particularly over the last three weeks…”
According to DeSantis, many of the hospital admissions, specifically in the southern part of Broward County, are from Miami-Dade residents.