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Florida COVID hospitalizations at lowest point in a year

Current hospitalizations stand at only 20 percent of the peak in July 2020, the Hospital Association said. About 33 percent of existing capacity is available.
Florida hospitals are seeing fewer patients for COVID-19, the Florida Hospital Association said Wednesday. Pictured is Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor.
Florida hospitals are seeing fewer patients for COVID-19, the Florida Hospital Association said Wednesday. Pictured is Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Jun. 3
Updated Jun. 3

MIAMI — Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are at their lowest level in the state in over a year, the Florida Hospital Association said Wednesday.

There were roughly 1,842 COVID hospitalizations in Florida Wednesday. According to their data, the state’s hospitalizations have declined 19% in the last two weeks and stand 38% lower than one month ago.

Current hospitalizations stand at only 20 percent of the peak reached in July 2020 with approximately 33 percent of existing hospital capacity available, according to a statement.

The Florida Hospital Association also noted that the statewide positivity from COVID-19 testing stands at 3.89 percent, that’s down considerably from 6.16 percent at the beginning of May.

“Vaccinations are up. New COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are down. It’s that simple,” said FHA President Mary Mayhew. “As the rest of the nation joins Florida in reopening, it is important to remember that getting vaccinated offers the best protection against COVID-19, nearly eliminating worries about whether someone else is vaccinated or not.”