State continues downward Coronavirus trend

Florida: 3,220 new cases and 133 deaths; Marion and Alachua reduced impact

SKY News
August 22, 2020 - 1:40 pm
Florida coronavirus reporting and Gov. Ron DeSantis



TALLAHASSEE (AP/SKY News) – Florida is reporting continuing improved statistics on the coronavirus outbreak.

The state recorded 133 deaths Wednesday and also saw its number of infections and hospitalizations continue falling.

Florida reported almost 3,220 new cases Wednesday, continuing a downward trend that has seen the number drop from above 10,000 new cases per day a month ago.

Hospitalizations have also been declining. On Saturday, 4,773 patients were treated for the disease in Florida hospitals compared to Friday’s 4,909 and Thursday’s 5,340. That number has fallen from a peak above 9,500 on July 23.

Marion County is continuing to see elevated levels of positive cases reported, hospitalizations and deaths. Saturday the Florida Department of Health in the County recorded another 119 cases and 13 deaths. But the daily positivity rate fell to 7.2 percent, and the 7-day positivity rate fell 0.5 points to 10.7 percent. Health department officials said that deaths often lag as much as 21 days from the peak of positive cases, and Marion County is seeing cases begin to decline. Positive cases peaked at 263 cases on August 1.

Alachua County reported 54 new coronavirus cases, and a declining daily positivity rate of 2.6 percent. No deaths were reported Saturday, and the last deaths were reported Wednesday. The county is monitoring changes in cases closely as more college students are moving into Gainesville ahead of the start of University of Florida classes.

Overall, the state has now more than 600,000 confirmed cases since March 1 and nearly 10,500 deaths.

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