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Florida records 58 deaths and more than 6,000 new coronavirus cases

The Tampa Bay area recorded 22 deaths, 12 of them from Pinellas County

Florida topped 150,000 recorded coronavirus infections on Tuesday with 6,093 cases reported in the previous 24 hours.

Since the first case in early March, the state has seen 152,434 infections from the virus. It has also recorded 3,604 deaths, 58 of them on Tuesday. Another 228 hospitalizations were also recorded, meaning 14,879 people in the state — about 10 percent of all cases — have required hospital care.

The cases reported Tuesday follow a record-high Saturday, when new cases for the day hit more than 9,500.

Across the state, leaders have struggled over how best to implement health and safety practices. Gov. Ron DeSantis has urged people to wear masks but stopped short of mandating them.

How fast is the number of Florida COVID-19 cases growing?

What’s the picture statewide?

The 58 deaths reported Tuesday bring the weekly death average down slightly to about 39 per day. The number is higher than some weeks in June, when the state has tended to average 33 to 36 deaths a day.

The number of deaths reported in Florida often dip on Sunday and Monday, but the most recent Sunday and Monday had the highest reported death totals for those days since the pandemic began.

Over the four months, about 1.95 million people statewide have been tested. Of those, 7.8 percent have come back positive. At the start of June, only about 5.3 percent of coronavirus tests were coming back positive.

Florida has one of the highest average positivity rates, just behind Arizona, according to Johns Hopkins University. That means of all the new tests done, a higher number are coming back positive than recommended by the World Health Organization. A high positivity rate can mean a state is testing only the sickest and needs to test more broadly, according to the university.

The state’s additional 228 hospitalizations comes as Florida reports 23 percent of hospital beds are available, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration.

Is Florida’s coronavirus outbreak still growing?

What’s the picture in Tampa Bay?

The Tampa Bay area recorded 22 deaths Tuesday, with 12 from Pinellas County.

Seven days ago, Pinellas County reported 13 deaths in 24 hours — a record high for any county in the Tampa Bay area. As of Tuesday, nearly 75 percent of all of Pinellas’s coronavirus deaths can be linked to outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

The other deaths on Tuesday came from Hillsborough, which recorded three deaths, Polk with five deaths, and Pasco with two deaths.

The area also recorded 958 additional cases, about 16 percent of the state total reported Tuesday.

The deaths include in Pasco a 66 and 86-year-old man; in Pinellas a 79, 79, 90, 90 and 92-year-old woman and a 67, 76, 77, 79, 91, 95 and 103-year-old man; in Polk a 88 and 99-year-old woman and a 71, 72 and 78-year-old man; and in Hillsborough a 68 and 71-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 10,752 cases and 141 deaths; Pinellas has 6,487 cases and 168 deaths; Polk has 3,836 cases and 99 deaths; Manatee has 2,856 cases and 132 deaths; Pasco has 1,992 cases and 20 deaths; Hernando has 373 cases and six deaths; and Citrus has 291 cases and 13 deaths.

What’s going on with kids and coronavirus?

The Florida Department of Health released an updated pediatric report, tracking the rare instances where children either are infected with the coronavirus, are hospitalized with the disease or die from it.

The latest report shows about 5 percent of all statewide infections are in those 17 and younger.

Children make up 1 percent of hospitalizations and two minors have died from the disease. Both were 17.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that based on the available evidence, children are at a lower risk for coronavirus. In rare cases, the CDC has observed a disease linked to coronavirus known as Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, or MIS-C.

MIS-C causes inflammation of various body parts and can be deadly but can also be helped with medical treatment.

Though health officials are still working to understand MIS-C, they said many kids who have it also tested positive for coronavirus. In Florida, 12 cases of the illness have been recorded. The oldest child affected is a 17-year-old in Collier County and the youngest is a 1-year-old in Miami-Dade County.

Florida coronavirus cases by age group

Doctors say older people are at a greater risk to developing severe symptoms from COVID-19, which makes Florida especially vulnerable.

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