The board also approved funding for AdventHealth Carrollwood Hospital to repurpose two existing structures to expand its COVID-19 surge capacity by 24 inpatient beds. The project also will create a space for holding more emergency room patients for observation as the patients wait to transition to other suitable areas.

Florida COVID-19 Hospitalizations Keep Dropping

The number of Florida hospital inpatients with COVID-19 continues to drop. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported that 3,358 inpatients had COVID-19.

As a comparison, the number was 4,123 on Monday.

The new data also showed that 562 COVID-19 patients were in intensive-care units, down from 686 on Monday. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surged in late December and early January as the highly contagious omicron variant spread across the state.

But cases and hospitalizations have steadily decreased in recent weeks.

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