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Coronavirus Live Updates: Florida Adds 5,838 COVID-19 Cases, Topping 858,000, As State Death Toll Rises To 17,300

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A bottle containing the drug remdesivir is held by a health worker at the Institute of Infectology of Kenezy Gyula Teaching Hospital of the University of Debrecen in Debrecen, Hungary, Thursday Oct. 15, 2020.

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Florida Adds 5,838 COVID-19 Cases, Topping 858,000, As State Death Toll Rises To 17,300

Updated Wednesday at 2:25 p.m.

Florida’s Department of Health on Wednesday confirmed 5,838 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s known total to 858,012. Also, 52 resident deaths were announced, bringing the resident death toll to 17,300.

This is the most number of cases reported since Sunday when 6,820 were reported.

The state did not report any new non-resident deaths. On Wednesday, the cumulative non-resident toll was at 212.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.

— Michelle Marchante and Howard Cohen/The Miami Herald

Surge In Hospitalizations Indicates Coronavirus Resurgence

Updated Wednesday at 7:54 a.m.

For the first time since early September, more than 3,000 people in Florida were hospitalized Tuesday for treatment of COVID-19, a clear sign that the deadly disease is making a comeback in the Sunshine State.

While Gov. Ron DeSantis has downplayed the significance of other indicators, such as rising cases, the positivity rate or even deaths, he has continually said that the number of people hospitalized is a good way to gauge the state of the pandemic.

He has called it a “leading indicator,” even though media outlets in Florida had to threaten to sue to force him to publicly reveal how many people were hospitalized daily with the deadly virus.

— By Jane Musgrave / The Palm Beach Post

Read more from our news partner at the Palm Beach Post.

Capacity To Remain 13,000 For Now; 'Potential Exists' For Zero Fans

Updated Wednesday at 7:50 a.m.

Twenty percent capacity appears to be working at Dolphins games.

And it won’t be changing in the near future.

“I don’t see an increase in capacity anytime soon,” Tom Garfinkel, Dolphins CEO and vice chairman, said Tuesday.

— By Hal Habib / The Palm Beach Post

Read more from our news partner at The Palm Beach Post.