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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida is approaching a grim milestone – 60,000 reported COVID-19 deaths.

A report issued Friday by the state Department of Health said Florida has had 59,670 reported resident deaths since the pandemic started in early 2020. That was up from 58,803 a week earlier, but lags in reporting make it unclear when the deaths occurred.

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Meanwhile, after a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in July and August, the number of hospital inpatients with the disease has continued to steadily decrease.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services posted data Monday that showed 1,965 inpatients at Florida hospitals had COVID-19, down from 2,333 a week earlier. Also, the new data showed 480 COVID-19 patients were in intensive-care units, down from 573 a week earlier.

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