Florida added 60 coronavirus deaths Saturday, and the weekly death average hit the lowest point since July 18.
The deaths bring the number of people who have died statewide to 11,963 individuals. The weekly death average is about 102 people announced dead per day.
The department of health also reported 3,656 coronavirus cases, making it 643,867 infections that have been found across Florida since March. Cases that led to hospitalization increased by 246 admissions.
Hospitalizations: About 3,300 people across Florida are in the hospital with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration. About 530 are in the Tampa Bay area.
The amount of people in the hospital hit its highest point so far in mid-July, with just under 10,000 people seeking treatment for coronavirus.
About 25 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds are available across Florida. In Tampa Bay, about 24 percent of hospital beds and 15 percent of ICU beds are open.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity is about 13 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. Positivity is down from highs in July, when the average rate hung around 18 or 19 percent.
The World Health Organization recommends a rate of 5 percent or lower for two weeks for an area to reopen with more safety. Some other epidemiologists point to 3 percent based on areas that have had stronger control of the virus.
The Florida Department of Health calculates positivity by counting negative retests but not positive ones, putting more emphasis on the negative number. Based on their report, Florida’s average weekly positivity is about 6 percent, or 5 percent when removing a backlog of more than 75,000 tests that spanned months.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 681 coronavirus cases and 10 deaths Saturday.
Four deaths were reported in Polk, two were reported in both Citrus and Pinellas and one was reported in both Hernando and Hillsborough.
Polk leads the area in the average weekly positivity rate at about 8 percent. Citrus follows at about 7 percent, Hillsborough and Hernando both have about 6 percent positivity and Manatee, Pinellas and Pasco have about 3 percent positivity.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 38,262 cases and 564 deaths; Pinellas has 20,355 cases and 674 deaths; Polk has 17,693 cases and 471 deaths; Manatee has 10,633 cases and 268 deaths; Pasco has 8,267 cases and 184 deaths; Hernando has 2,764 cases and 100 deaths; and Citrus has 2,297 cases and 64 deaths.
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