Central Florida COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to rise as tests dwindle

Though state leaders continue to downplay the virus’s risks, Florida currently has the highest COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the U.S., and tests to check for infections are getting scarce.

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, 12 per 100,000 Florida residents are hospitalized with the virus. This is the 11th week in a row that the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased.

Orange, Seminole, Volusia, Lake, Flagler and Sumter counties saw a total of 301 COVID-19 hospital admissions for the week ending on Sept. 2, according to the latest CDC data. That’s an 18% decrease from a week

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