Florida reports 5,558 New COVID-19 Cases | 1290 WJNO

Elias Hubbard
October 28, 2020

The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 349,605cumulative COVID-19 cases Saturday, up by almost 2,000 new cases in 24 hours. House Democrats then said Republicans were trying to "downplay the death toll", according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. It's important to note that these numbers indicate when deaths are reported to the Georgia Department of Public Health. They were among 2,385 new cases confirmed statewide on Sunday. Testing on a day-to-day basis also saw some increase from 68,332 to 75,067. This occurs because previously reported cases may be removed as duplicate reports are corrected.

For example, the number of COVID-19 cases presumed active since Friday decreased by a dozen individuals to 304.

349,605(including 1,861 reported Saturday).

Cases increased from 12,930 to 12,971. The count includes any patient in a Georgia hospital who has tested positive for COVID-19 at the time of the report.

Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees has questioned the time lag in reported deaths.

Positivity rate for Georgia Saturday: 6.8%.

Hospitalizations since the outbreak increased from 876 to 877 residents.

Fatality data reported to the state warrants a more rigorous review, according to a Florida Department of Health news release. 'During a pandemic, the public must be able to rely on accurate public health data to make informed decisions, ' Rivkees said in a statement.

Since the outbreak began in Florida in March, the state has recorded more than 760,000 cases - just behind the country's two most populous states, California and Texas. This is a decrease from early August, when more than 5,000 COVID-19 patients were admitted into hospitals throughout the state.

Of Wednesday's hospitalizations, 330 were in Miami-Dade, a drop of two; holding steady at 210 in Broward; 131 in Palm Beach, a drop of five; and holding steady at four in Monroe, according to the agency.

The state has had a total of 48,722 Florida residents hospitalized for COVID-19-related complications, according to Florida's COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard. The rate helps them determine if a rise in cases is because of an increase in testing or if it means there's increased transmission of the virus in the community.

Despite the increase in some data points, other crucial COVID-19 metrics improved or remained stable compared to last week, when County Public Health officials warned that the direction of Merced County's data put it at risk of backsliding toward a more restrictive reopening tier. This is notable, as County Public Health warned that rising testing positivity was the main data point risking the county for another wave of business closures. Labs sometimes report test results from weeks before, he added.

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