Aug 11, 2020 - Health

Florida reports another daily record for coronavirus deaths

A woman wearing a face mask, face shield and other protective gear
Nurse practitioner Barbara Corral and a research assistant conduct a COVID-19 vaccination study on August 7 in Hollywood, Florida. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Florida's health department on Tuesday reported 276 new coronavirus deaths, surpassing the state's record from July 31.

The big picture: The state also recorded over 5,800 new cases — on the low side for a state that is one of the domestic epicenters for the virus.

  • Florida counted its highest number of infections in a single day — over 15,000 — on July 12, per the COVID Tracking Project, and daily spikes have gradually decreased since then.

Where it stands: 23% of hospital beds in Florida are available for new patients, as well as roughly 18% of adult intensive-care units, according to Florida's Agency for Health Care administration.

Between the lines, per the Miami Herald: Deaths announced in Florida "on a given day could be from several days earlier because the state information does not include the exact date of death."

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