Florida adds 3,682 coronavirus cases, 93 deaths Tuesday

Natalie Weber, Tampa Bay Times
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Florida reported 3,682 coronavirus cases and 93 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 36,102.

The state has seen 2,249,535 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,595 infections and 65 deaths per day over the past seven days. It can take officials up to two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death, meaning the number of deaths added does not necessarily reflect the number of people who died the previous day.

The health department processed more than 60,000 tests on Monday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.1 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 8,959,355 people, according to Tuesday’s report. There were 12,790 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 39,444 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the roughly 8.9 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 6.4 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 553,095 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 428,738; in Pasco, 203,844; in Manatee, 170,674; in Polk, 241,006; in Hernando, 67,990; and in Citrus, 60,188.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,086 patients for COVID-19, including 685 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 284 new admissions Tuesday, including 98 admissions locally.

About 21 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.2 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Before reopening, states should maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks, according to the World Health Organization. A positivity rate of 5 percent or less indicates testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

The District of Columbia and 26 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 719 cases and 18 deaths Tuesday.

Polk County added nine deaths, while Pinellas added five. Pasco and Hernando counties added two deaths each. There were no new deaths in Hillsborough, Manatee or Citrus counties.

Hillsborough County’s weekly average positivity rate was 8 percent. Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Manatee and Citrus counties had positivity rates of 7 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was 4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 136,507 cases and 1,734 deaths, Pinellas has 79,236 cases and 1,641 deaths, Polk has 68,224 cases and 1,332 deaths, Manatee has 38,428 cases and 681 deaths, Pasco has 41,088 cases and 754 deaths, Hernando has 13,880 cases and 467 deaths, and Citrus has 11,052 cases and 449 deaths.

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