Decrease in COVID hospitalizations and ICU patients continues in Florida
Orange County Fire and Rescue Department EMS workers bring a patient into the Emergency room at Orlando Health Central Hospital in Ocoee, Fla., on Aug. 17, 2021. - Willie J. Allen Jr./TNS

MIAMI — The number of COVID-19 patients occupying Florida’s hospital beds and intensive care unit beds continued to slide the last two days, according to U.S. Health and Human Services data. Patient counts posted to the HHS website Saturday said 261 hospitals reported 14,149 COVID-19 patients, a drop of 428, and an average of 54.2 patients per facility. Those patients occupied 23.7% of the total inpatient hospital beds. Sunday morning’s update said 258 hospitals reported 13,928 patients, 221 fewer than the previous say, and an average of 54.0 patients per facility. Their percentage of total be...