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COVID-19 Hospitalizations In Florida Lowest Since Summer Surge

Screenshot of Florida's coronavirus dashboard on 6/1.
Florida Department of Health
The state added 5,937 cases and 97 deaths since last publishing daily coronavirus reports on Friday.

The state added nearly 6,000 coronavirus cases since its last update ahead of Memorial Day weekend, but hospitalizations dipped to their lowest levels since Health News Florida began tracking the data daily in July.

The Florida Department of Health updated coronavirus data on Tuesday for the first time since Friday after pausing daily reports for Memorial Day weekend.

The state added 5,937 cases over the three-day period, but hospitalizations declined to their lowest levels in close to a year.

As of Tuesday afternoon, there were 1,884 people hospitalized in the state with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. That is the smallest number of patients since Health News Florida began tracking hospitalization data daily in late July.

At that time, the state was reporting more than 10,000 cases a day and more than 9,000 people were hospitalized.

The health department also reported on Tuesday that another 97 people died from COVID-19, including 37 in the Greater Tampa Bay region. Of those 37, 19 occurred in Pasco County and 13 in Polk County.

The region added 1,282 coronavirus cases since Friday.

More than 10.3 million people have received a COVID-19 vaccine in Florida. More than 8.3 million are fully vaccinated.

State Totals (as of Tuesday, June 1)

  • Positive Tests – 2,326,755 | Deaths – 37,609

Changes Since Last Update On May 28:

  • State: Positive Tests – 5,937 | Deaths – 97
  • Greater Tampa Bay region: Positive Tests – 1,282 | Deaths – 37

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 37,493 | Positivity Rate – 3.89%

ABOUT THE DATA: The Florida Department of Health produces a daily update with information about COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported over the previous 24 hours. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state separately tracks cases and deaths that occurred on specific days on its dashboard and those totals are frequently updated.

Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for the last two weeks:

  • June 1: 5,937/97*
  • May 28: 2,338/43
  • May 27: 2,338/87
  • May 26: 2,327/66
  • May 25: 1,824/81
  • May 24: 1,606/28
  • May 23: 2,069/13
  • May 22: 3,406/22
  • May 21: 2,371/96
  • May 20: 2,893/77
  • May 19: 2,811/45
  • May 18: 2,805/97
  • May 17: 1,976/59
  • May 16: 2,482/22

*Reflects total after 3-day Memorial Day pause

NOTE: The Florida Department of Health discontinued daily coronvirus updates on June 4, 2021.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
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