The death toll in Florida from COVID-19 now stands at 11,651 and includes 150 non-residents who died in the state. Wednesday’s reported daily positivity rate came in at 5.63%, a drop in the statistic as the five-month backlog of Quest results sent the number up almost a full point to 6.8% the day prior.
The state reported 299 new patients on Wednesday, bringing the number of people who stayed in hospitals due to the virus since March to 39,158. The Agency for Health Care Administration also tracks current hospitalizations within the state. As of Wednesday morning, there were 3,549 people receiving care primarily for coronavirus at hospitals across Florida.
The FDOH also reported 130 people had recently died as a result of complications from COVID-19.
The World Health Organization recommends that a region’s test positivity rate needs to be below 5% for at least 14 days to reduce some restrictions.
Central Florida schools have had to close due to confirmed coronavirus cases. Harmony Middle School in St. Cloud shut down last week. Golfview Elementary in Rockledge announced it will be closed late Tuesday evening. Use safety measures!