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Florida hospitals lose billions due to pandemic measures

Photo: Javier Matheu
Photo: Javier Matheu

MIAMI (AP) — Florida hospitals say they've collectively lost nearly $4 billion in the past four months because of the coronavirus.

Hospitals around the state say they're hemorrhaging money due to increased staffing costs, testing and other protective equipment.

They've also lost revenue from patients delaying care or canceling elective surgeries. The state health department reported Friday 5,684 new confirmed cases and 119 new deaths from the virus.

Officials say that among the people testing for the coronavirus, fewer than 10% are infected with the virus.

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter and fill-in host at WMFE.