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Florida’s Daily COVID-19 Hospitalizations Slightly Decrease

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Newly released figures are giving some hope that the latest COVID-19 surge in Florida is starting to slow, as hospitalizations in the state have slightly decreased.

There were 11,552 inpatient beds in use for COVID-19 in Florida hospitals, a decrease of 38 from the previous day, according to figures released Friday by the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services.

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Intensive care unit beds being used for COVID-19 in Florida also dropped down to 1,451, 22 fewer than the previous day, according to HHS.

There were 59,061 new COVID-19 cases reported Friday in Florida by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number’s about 3,500 more than were reported the day before but well below the number reported on the same day a week ago, when there were 76,791 cases.

Florida’s 7-day moving average for cases is starting to decline, after reaching over 65,600 earlier this week, a new record.

The state is approaching 5 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Florida’s virus-related death toll rose to 63,084 Friay, an increase of three from Thursday’s number. Deaths can take days or weeks to confirm and report.

The 7-day moving average for testing in Florida set record numbers last week, reaching just over 180,000, according to the latest figures available from the CDC. That 7-day average had dropped below 52,000 as recently as late November.

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1 man dead, 3 others hospitalized after bus crash shuts down SR-417, authorities say

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One man is dead, and several others hospitalized Tuesday morning after a bus and another vehicle crashed on State Road 417, shutting down all southbound traffic, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

At around 6 a.m., a crash was reported at State Road 417 near John Young Parkway, said FHP’s Lt. Kim Montes.

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Two children and a woman from the other vehicle were transported to the hospital, Montes said.

No passengers on the bus have been confirmed at this time.

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This is a developing story, check back here for updates.

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UM students will attend virtual classes until Jan. 31

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CORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – University of Miami students are starting their first two weeks of spring semester classes online on Tuesday as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Once in person classes resume on Jan. 31, students must provide a negative COVID-19 test.

They will also be required to be vaccinated and boosted or test twice a week.

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M-DCPS resumes search for new superintendent

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MIAMI (WSVN) – Miami-Dade Public Schools has resumed its search for a new superintendent.

Tuesday morning, school board members will review the 16 candidates who applied for the job.

The person selected will replace outgoing Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Carvalho recently accepted a position to lead the Los Angeles School District.

Among the applicants is Jacob Oliva, who is the Florida Department Of Education’s Senior Chancellor.

A familiar face also applied — Dr. Jose Dotres.

He’s the Deputy Superintendent of Collier County Schools. Before that, he spent decades in Miami-Dade, once serving as Assistant Superintendent.

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