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Coronavirus Daily News Update

Coronavirus Daily News Update

Monday, August 10, 2020

Sarasota Memorial continues to monitor COVID-19 indicators and issues in our community and region. We are working closely with public health officials to identify and report important data trends in our health system. Please note that the information on this page is updated daily, Monday - Friday (except holidays). Here is today’s summary:


Hospital / ICU Capacity

Total hospital beds: 839

Today’s patient census: 625

Today's COVID+ patients total: 60 (59 yesterday)

Total ICU beds: 72 *

Today’s ICU census: 59 (65 yesterday)

COVID+ patients in ICU today: 21 (no change from yesterday)

* SMH increased its ICU capacity from 62 to 72 beds in June and has enough ventilators to create more than 100 ICU beds, if needed, to manage a surge.


COVID-19 Test Results

7-Day SMH positivity rate: 5.1% (down from 6% on Aug. 7)

Patients who have tested positive (excluding repeat positives): 757 **

Patients who have tested negative: 12,354 **

** Reflects patients tested through SMH systems since March 2.


COVID-19 Patient Update ***

Patients hospitalized since outbreak began: 671 (668 yesterday)

Patients successfully treated/discharged: 681 (same as yesterday) {inpatients and patients treated in the ER but not hospitalized}

Patient deaths: 70 (68 yesterday) 

*** Reflects cumulative number of patients treated at SMH since outbreak began in March.

For more information, please click here to visit our dedicated COVID-19 webpage


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