Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline, officials say

Staff at Methodist Hospital say the latest COVID surge is overwhelming, and they're urging more people to get vaccinated.

Florida continues to see a trend of fewer patients being hospitalized because of COVID-19.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday reported that 10,247 inpatients at 253 Florida hospitals had COVID-19.

That was down from 10,539 inpatients with COVID-19 on Wednesday and 10,979 on Tuesday, according to federal data.

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Overall, 82.35 percent of inpatient beds at 259 Florida hospitals were being used Thursday.

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The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.