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Curve in Context: 156 more Floridians die from COVID-19 as state confirms another 13,965 cases

Florida learned of more coronavirus-related deaths yesterday than at any point during the pandemic.

Thursday's report from the Florida Department of Health showed another 13,965 COVID-19 cases added to the state's total.

There have now been 315,775 positive cases of the virus statewide since March. As of Thursday, the median age of Florida residents testing positive is 41, which has been the trend for several days.

The state also confirmed another 156 Floridians had died from coronavirus, the highest number seen in a single-day's report since the pandemic began. That doesn't mean those people all died on Wednesday, just that their deaths were added to the state's total that day.

Since March, a total of 4,677 Floridians have died after testing positive for COVID-19. The state said 105 non-residents have also died in recent months.

When it comes to testing, Wednesday's report showed 116,311 test results were turned in on July 15. Out of those tests, 12.94 were positive.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

When it comes to hospitalizations, 8,626 people in Florida were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of Thursday morning. 

The state saw a record increase in daily hospitalizations in the last 24 hours -- up by nearly 500 new hospitalizations.

A total of 19,825 people have been hospitalized in Florida at some point during the pandemic.

Here's a breakdown of the new coronavirus cases reported to the state by day:

  • June 21: 2,926 
  • June 22: 3,286
  • June 23: 5,508
  • June 24: 5,004
  • June 25: 8,942
  • June 26: 9,585
  • June 27: 8,530
  • June 28: 5,266
  • June 29: 6,093
  • June 30: 6,563
  • July 1: 10,109
  • July 2: 9,488
  • July 3: 11,458 
  • July 4: 10,059
  • July 5: 6,336
  • July 6: 7,347
  • July 7: 9,989
  • July 8: 8,935
  • July 9: 11,433
  • July 10: 10,360
  • July 11: 15,300
  • July 12: 12,624
  • July 13: 9,194
  • July 14: 10,181
  • July 15: 13,965

Breaking down the numbers

There has yet to be a day in July where the number of newly-confirmed cases was fewer than 6,000. In fact, the last time that happened was on June 28. 

Tuesday's report for July 13 was the first time the single-day case number was fewer than 10,000. Wednesday's report for July 14 saw the single-day number jump up to 10,181.

Thursday's report for July 16 saw the second-highest number of confirmed cases at 13,965.

The highest single-day case number Florida has reported so far is 15,300 for July 11.

The World Health Organization and infectious disease experts around the globe have recommended a positivity rate of 5 percent or lower for a 14-day span in order to be comfortable reopening. 

Florida has not seen a positivity rate at 5 percent since the beginning of June. For more than a month, the state has reported positivity rates at double and even triple that recommended percentage.

Florida remains in Phase Two of reopening, which began June 5. 

Hospitalizations and ICU bed availability

Cases are climbing, but what about hospitalizations?

Tracking hospitalizations got easier on July 10 when the Agency for Health Care Administration began publishing a spreadsheet with the number of people currently checked-in for coronavirus-related complications in Florida. The data only includes people whose "primary diagnosis" was COVID-19.

As of 10:25 a.m. Thursday, 8,626 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 1,433 of them were in the Tampa Bay area. Those numbers are frequently updated, and you can click here for the most recent data, which is also broken down by county.

The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) also updates total hospital bed and ICU availability by county.

Click here for a break down of adult and pediatric ICU bed availability by county. You can also check ICU availability by hospital.