Florida adds 6,323 coronavirus cases, 74 deaths Saturday

Natalie Weber, Tampa Bay Times
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Florida reported 6,323 coronavirus cases and 74 deaths Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 35,074.

The state has seen 2,162,067 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,193 infections and 57 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 92,000 tests on Friday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.9 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 7,934,016 people, according to Saturday’s report. There were 40,524 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Friday and 42,276 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 4,486,166 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,921,684 people have received just one dose. A total of 526,166 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, an increase of 2,168 shots from the previous day.

The distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused Tuesday due to concerns about blood clots forming in patients. However, some shots were still distributed, including at the Tampa Greyhound Track, which stopped giving the vaccine early Tuesday morning.

In Hillsborough County, 485,069 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 387,123; in Pasco, 184,132; in Manatee, 157,638; in Polk, 208,973; in Hernando, 62,650; and in Citrus, 56,639.

Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,251 patients for COVID-19, including 753 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 190 new admissions Saturday, including 33 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.3 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 24 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,387 cases and 18 deaths Saturday.

Hillsborough County added 11 deaths while Pinellas reported three deaths. Pasco and Manatee counties added two deaths each. Polk County removed two deaths from its count, meaning the deaths weren’t coronavirus related or the person who died was not a resident. There were no new deaths in Hernando or Citrus counties.

Hillsborough and Polk counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 10 percent as of Saturday. Pasco and Hernando counties had positivity rates of about 9 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Citrus had a positivity rate of about 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 129,549 cases and 1,680 deaths, Pinellas has 76,425 cases and 1,598 deaths, Polk has 64,706 cases and 1,295 deaths, Manatee has 36,768 cases and 662 deaths, Pasco has 38,883 cases and 727 deaths, Hernando has 13,137 cases and 454 deaths, and Citrus has 10,681 cases and 436 deaths.

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