TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Nearly 58,000 Florida residents have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started in early 2020, according to a report released Friday by the state Department of Health.
The report listed 57,859 deaths as of Thursday. That was up from 56,667 in a report issued last week.READ MORE: 23rd Annual 'A Home For The Holidays At The Grove' Comes To CBS On Sunday, December 5th
Lags in reporting make it unclear when the deaths occurred. While the death toll has increased, the state has seen a steady decline in COVID-19 hospitalizations in September and the first half of October.
The Florida Hospital Association said Friday that 2,938 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 were hospitalized in the state as of Friday, a 24 percent drop from a week earlier.READ MORE: Sharp Increase In Hospitalized Children With Covid Investigated In South Africa
The number cited by the hospital association was lower than a total posted on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.
That total showed 3,257 people hospitalized in Florida with COVID-19.MORE NEWS: Florida Panthers Find Ways To Rally Again, Top Blues 4-3 In Shootout
Regardless, the numbers reflect significant decreases in hospitalizations since summer, as the state hit a peak of more than 17,000 people hospitalized in August.