Florida adds 4,794 coronavirus cases, 22 deaths Sunday

Kathryn Varn, Tampa Bay Times
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Florida reported 4,794 coronavirus cases and 22 deaths Sunday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,328.

The state has seen 2,081,826 cases of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters its 13th month.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,403 infections and 72 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 68,700 tests Friday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 6,208,000 people, according to Sunday’s report. There were 36,918 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine Friday and 41,031 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 3,338,777 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,610,928 people have received just one dose. A total of 258,295 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 358,634 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 312,879; in Pasco, 142,964; in Manatee, 131,099; in Polk, 166,076; in Hernando, 51,676; and in Citrus, 49,241.

Hospitalizations: Florida hospitals were treating 2,861 patients for COVID-19, including 660 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 74 new admissions, including eight admissions locally.

About 27 percent of hospital beds and 26 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 26 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.4 percent, 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 28 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 632 cases and one death.

Citrus County added one death. There were no new deaths in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Polk, or Manatee counties.

Hillsborough and Hernando had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent. Pasco and Polk counties had positivity rates of about 8 percent. Pinellas, Manatee and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 123,479 cases and 1,640 deaths, Pinellas has 73,290 cases and 1,576 deaths, Polk has 61,888 cases and 1,278 deaths, Manatee has 35,249 cases and 647 deaths, Pasco has 36,906 cases and 705 deaths, Hernando has 12,571 cases and 449 deaths, and Citrus has 10,404 cases and 437 deaths.

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