By CBSMiami.com Team

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Numbers released Friday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed a significant decrease in the past week in Florida hospital inpatients with COVID-19.

The department said a reported 9,868 Florida inpatients had COVID-19, down from 11,468 a week earlier.

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Also, the data Friday showed that 1,444 patients with COVID-19 were in intensive-care units, down from 1,601 a week earlier.

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The number of hospital patients with COVID-19 began surging in December as the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus spread through the state.

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CBSMiami.com Team