Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to decline

FILE - Registered nurse, works with a COVID positive patients room inside the ICU at Providence St. Jude Medical Center Christmas Day on Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 in Fullerton, CA.

Florida's hospitals saw a decrease in patients with COVID-19 in numbers released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

The numbers showed that 11,575 Florida inpatients had COVID-19, down from 11,839 in a Wednesday count. 

Also, the federal agency reported that 1,601 COVID-19 patients were in hospital intensive-care units, down slightly from 1,615 on Wednesday. 

The number of hospital patients with COVID-19 surged during the past month as the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus spread through the state.

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