FL Sees Record Hospitalizations, Gov Touts Progress

The Tampa Bay Times reports:

Florida saw a record-high number of hospitalizations from coronavirus on Tuesday, adding 518 admissions, according to data from the Florida Department of Health.

On Tuesday 136 deaths from the virus was announced, bringing the total number of people statewide who have died from coronavirus up to 5,319. Florida’s coronavirus death rate is higher than any other state, including Texas, which has about 25 percent more people, according to the Associated Press.

The number of positive cases rose by 9,440, bringing the total number of infections since March to 369,834. The positivity rate, or the percentage of total tests coming back positive, for the day was about 14 percent.

The Orlando Sentinel reports:

Gov. Ron DeSantis lauded the state’s progress today, stating his belief that the state would soon begin trending downward in new coronavirus cases. “I think the trend is much better today than it was two weeks ago,” DeSantis said. “We’re going to be able to get through it. We’re not there yet.”

Experts disagree with DeSantis’ positive assessment. “As long as the cases continue at this current rate, you know things will continue to move in the wrong direction and we will most likely see hospitalizations and deaths increase,” Kaiser Family Foundation state health reform director Jennifer Tolbert said.

Today was the first day out of the last seven that Florida saw fewer than 10,000 new cases.