Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline from late August peak

Though more than 87 percent of Florida’s hospital beds were full Tuesday, the state continued to see a decrease in patients hospitalized because of COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service website said 13,628 patients at 229 Florida hospitals were reported as having COVID-19. That compared to 15,682 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 a week earlier. 

Overall, a reported 87.17 percent of Florida hospital beds were occupied, according to data posted on the federal website. 

The overall number of hospitalizations, 47,601, was based on a slightly larger number of 235 hospitals reporting. 

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