FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The latest CDC data shows Florida reported 76,887 new COVID-19 infections since Thursday. The numbers were released Friday from federal metrics, which come from the state health department.
This beats the highest daily record of 75,732 reported infections since December 30.
The state has verified at least 4,563,163 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak, a figure that does not include home tests that are not reported to the health department. Only Texas with 4,847,637 and California with 5,884,204 are higher in the total number of cases in the US, according to CDC data.
Meanwhile, hospitalizations of people with COVID-19 continue to rise in the state. According to the Florida Hospital Association, a total of 8,062 people were hospitalized due to the virus on Thursday, an increase of more than 750 from the previous day.
At a press conference on Friday, Governor Ron DeSantis was asked about more than 800,000 COVID-19 test kits that had expired in a warehouse last month, which the Florida Division of Emergency Management chief had disclosed. Thursday.
“Having a reservation was the right thing to do,” he said.
He said the kits expired at the end of December due to lack of demand in September, October and November. “No one was asking for them. I think they would have been used if we had omicron then, but you also don’t want a situation where you’re wasting millions and millions of dollars. “
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