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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – More than 8,400 Florida hospital inpatients have COVID-19, as the total continues increasing by hundreds of patients a day, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The data showed 8,406 hospital inpatients had COVID-19, up from 7,647 on Wednesday and 6,914 on Tuesday.

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The number of patients with COVID-19 has surged as the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus has raced through the state.

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As another comparison, the federal agency reported on Dec. 6 that 1,298 Florida inpatients had COVID-19. Also, Thursday’s data showed that 935 COVID-19 patients were in intensive-care units, up from 843 on Wednesday.

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