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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – A report released Friday by Florida health officials showed the state had 151,760 new COVID-19 cases during a week-long period that ended Thursday.

The state also had 1,727 COVID-19 deaths during the period, bringing the total number of deaths to 43,979 since the pandemic started in early 2020.

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The 1,727 deaths represented a 4 percent increase in the overall total as the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread across the state.

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Meanwhile, Florida hospitals continue to report that about one in three patients who have been admitted to the facilities have COVID-19.

Ninety-four percent of the adult intensive-care unit beds were occupied on Friday, and more than half of the people occupying the beds — 54 percent — had COVID-19.

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