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As Florida's COVID-19 cases rise, deaths and hospitalizations plummet

A lot has changed between the first 100,000 cases and the next, most notably the dramatic decline in the death toll.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — On Sunday, Florida eclipsed 200,000 positive cases of COVID-19 which comes just two weeks after Florida passed the 100,000 threshold. 

But a lot has changed between the first 100,000 cases and the next, most notably the dramatic decline in the death toll - which dropped by more than 82 percent.

Data provided by the Florida Department of Health shows when the state reached 100,000 cases of COVID-19 back on June 22, Florida had over 13,000 hospitalizations and 3,173 COVID-19 related deaths.

Credit: Florida Dept. of Health

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When the state passed the 200,000 cases threshold on Sunday, the state death toll had risen to 3,731 - or 558 new deaths since passing the 100-thousand mark. 

The 82 percent decline in deaths mirrors the downward trend in hospitalizations in Florida, which dropped nearly 79 percent over the same time frame.

Credit: Florida Dept. of Health

What does this mean for the future of Florida? Only time will tell, however, officials say that the spike in positive cases may be because of increased testing and does not necessarily mean that hospital beds are filling up.

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