Florida adds 7,939 coronavirus cases, 86 deaths Thursday

Natalie Weber, Tampa Bay Times
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Florida reported 7,939 coronavirus cases and 86 deaths Thursday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,562.

The state has seen 2,104,686 cases of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters its 13th month.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,737 infections and 60 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 117,000 tests on Wednesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 6,786,461 people, according to Thursday’s report. There were 50,511 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Wednesday and 75,142 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 3,683,864 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,732,864 people have received just one dose. A total of 369,733 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Roughly 4 million people have completed a coronavirus vaccine series, or nearly one in five Floridians.

In Hillsborough County, 411,259 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 337,891; in Pasco, 155,114; in Manatee, 137,697; in Polk, 176,794; in Hernando, 55,022; and in Citrus, 51,503.

Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,995 patients for COVID-19, including 725 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 219 new admissions Thursday, including 41 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.5 percent Thursday, 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 25 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,430 cases and 22 deaths Thursday.

Polk County added eight deaths while Hillsborough added seven. Hernando added four deaths. Pinellas, Pasco and Manatee counties added one death each. There were no new deaths in Citrus County.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Thursday. Polk County had a positivity rate of about 8 percent. Pinellas and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Manatee County had a positivity rate of about 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 125,180 cases and 1,651 deaths, Pinellas has 74,155 cases and 1,579 deaths, Polk has 62,606 cases and 1,303 deaths, Manatee has 35,665 cases and 649 deaths, Pasco has 37,424 cases and 707 deaths, Hernando has 12,733 cases and 455 deaths, and Citrus has 10,483 cases and 439 deaths.

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