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COVID-19 Hospitalizations Continue To Drop In Florida

The number of staffed ICU beds being occupied by COVID-19 patients is under 40 percent.

The number of Floridians diagnosed with the coronavirus who are hospitalized continues to drop.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 10,539 people with the coronavirus were being treated in the state's hospitals. That is a decrease of 440 people from Tuesday's report.

In addition, 2,603 COVID-19 patients were in intensive care — using about 39 percent of the state's staffed ICU beds.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the number of coronavirus cases in Florida rose by 10,723 on Wednesday. That brings the total number of people statewide diagnosed with coronavirus to 3,464,113.

The agency also reported that the state's deaths from COVID-19 increased by three people to 49,257.

While the cases and deaths were recorded Wednesday, they may have occurred in previous weeks or months.

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