Florida passed its peak date for active COVID-19 infections earlier this week, according to research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation released earlier this month.
Although the number of daily new cases around the United States is gradually decreasing, more than 30 states have not yet reached their peak date for active COVID-19 infections. A dozen of these states won’t reach their peak date until December, according to researchers.
IHME is an independent global health research center at the University of Washington. It released projections on Aug. 6 regarding the total number of active infections and the total number of hospital beds needed for COVID-19 patients.
As of Friday, Florida is one of 19 states where the peak date has passed for active infections. Thirty-one states have yet to reach their peak.
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Florida is the state with the third most average new daily cases and the third most cumulative confirmed cases as of Aug. 9, IHME’s research shows. It also has the 17th most coronavirus-related deaths as of Aug. 9.
Here’s what IHME had to say about Florida’s peak coronavirus dates:
Estimated peak date for active infections: Aug. 9, 2020
Estimated peak date for hospital beds needed: Aug. 22, 2020
Date of first known case: March 1, 2020
Average new daily cases for week ending Aug. 9: 34 per 100,000 people
Cumulative confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Aug. 9: 2,502 per 100,000 people
COVID-19 related deaths as of Aug. 9: 39 per 100,000 people
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24/7 Wall Street reporter Michael B. Sauter contributed to this report.
Daniella Medina is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter @danimedinanews.