Fact check about Covid-19 pandemic in Florida

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We are about one month into the COVID-19 pandemic here in Florida with no timetable for curfews and state-mandated stay at home orders to be lifted.

Let’s take a look at some data to see how, as a state, we’re doing.

59,809
The number of hospital beds (confirmed by the Agency for Healthcare Administration) in the state of Florida. On April 13, 2020, There were about 25k+ beds available meaning that Florida was running at about 58% capacity (42% of the beds were available). Hospital bed capacity is one of those things you don’t think about until there are no more to go around.

21,019
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state. That’s a lot of people, but even more interesting is the number of people who have tested negative for the virus: 175,606. Let’s do the math: of approximately 196,207 tests, 10.5% have resulted in a positive diagnosis, but 89.5% have turned out negative.

499
The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state. Out of the 50 states (and DC) Florida ranks 11th in total deaths, yet we are the third most populous state in the country (with an estimated 21.5 million people). California has an estimated population of 39.5 million people and Texas has about 28.9 million. New York state is not too far behind Florida with around 19.4 million residents.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 deaths in the state. Out of the 50 states (and DC) Florida ranks 11th in total deaths, yet we are the fourth most populous state in the country (with almost 19 million people). Who’s ahead of us: NY (10,056), NJ (2,443), MI (1,602), LA (884), MA (844), IL (794), CA (687), CT (602), PA (524), and WA (508).

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The number of confirmed drive-thru testing sites in the state of Florida on April 14, 2020. Drive-thru testing in Florida has been one of the highlights for combating COVID-19 as many private companies stepped up to help in testing. FEMA opened four drive-thru testing sites in Florida (which have now been taken over by the state).
Noticeably absent, national retailers Walmart, CVS, Walgreen’s, and Target. All were mentioned in the President’s March 13th press conference as companies that would help out in testing, but between the four of them, only six drive-thru test sites have opened of which none are in Florida.

Report by Channel News 6

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