Florida adds 5,419 coronavirus cases on Saturday

Josh Fiallo, Tampa Bay Times
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Florida reported 5,419 coronavirus cases on Saturday, bringing the number of infections to 2,238,937 throughout the course of the pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,003 infections per day over the past seven days.

The number of statewide and local deaths including non-resident deaths, and a county breakdown of infections in the Tampa Bay region, were not available Saturday.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 8,865,300 people, according to Saturday’s report. There were 16,511 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Friday and 46,901 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the nearly 8.9 million people who have received a vaccine dose in Florida, about 6.2 million of them have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 546,571 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 426,004; in Pasco, 202,310; in Manatee, 169,500; in Polk, 238,122; in Hernando, 67,539; and in Citrus, 59,861.

Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,085 patients for COVID-19, including 668 people in the Tampa Bay region.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate for the past week was about 8.5 percent Saturday, 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.

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