Florida surpasses 8,000 COVID-19 deaths, patients decline

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Florida is reporting that more than 8,000 people have died of COVID-19. The state's health department tallied on Friday 180 new deaths from the virus. But Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said hospitalizations were showing a “great movement downward” in all parts of the state. The number of people being treated in state hospitals for the disease has been on the decline for just over two weeks. There were 7,174 patients in the late morning Friday, according to a state census posted online, 175 less than the previous day and down from highs of more than 9,500. 

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