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Florida reports lowest daily coronavirus caseload in months

The Florida Department of Health reported 1,838 cases and 22 virus-related deaths on Monday.

TAMPA — Florida reported 1,838 coronavirus infections and 22 deaths Monday, some of the lowest numbers the state has seen in nearly three months.

The Labor Day holiday marked the lowest report of COVID-19 infections in a 24-hour period since June 15, records show. It continues a pattern of shrinking caseloads and declining death tolls that has held for roughly seven weeks across the state.

However, the state processed just over 46,000 test results Sunday, which is smaller than the typical number. Most days in the past couple weeks saw about 50,000 to 75,000 tests processed a day. State health officials also caution that daily counts are frequently below average on Sundays and Mondays because not all hospitals and health officials work over the weekends.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 12,023 people have died from the virus in Florida. Coronavirus cases led to 60 new hospitalizations in the latest report.

Tampa Bay added 298 coronavirus cases and two deaths Monday.

Positivity rate: The average weekly positivity rate is about 13 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. The Florida Department of Health calculates the weekly positivity rate, or the percentage of positive results of all tests processed, at about 6 percent. State officials count negative retests but not positive retests, which puts more emphasis on negative results.

Hospitalizations: About 3,160 people are currently in Florida hospitals with the coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. Hospitalizations have been declining for weeks since peaking at around 9,500 people in mid-July. Nearly 493 people are hospitalized in Tampa Bay.

About 29 percent of the 60,217 hospital beds and 27 percent of 5,956 intensive care unit beds in Florida were open Monday. In Tampa Bay, about 27 percent of the 11,608 hospital beds and about 23 percent of the 1,086 ICU beds were available.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 298 coronavirus cases and two deaths Monday. One death was in Pinellas; the other, Polk.

The highest increase of cases in the area was in Hillsborough, where there were 119 newly reported infections. Polk followed with 64, and Pinellas with 49.

Nine people were hospitalized in Tampa Bay. Hillsborough saw the highest increase of coronavirus related hospitalizations, with four admissions. Pinellas had three hospitalizations, and Citrus and Polk each had one.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 38,545 cases and 567 deaths; Pinellas has 20,474 cases and 676 deaths; Polk has 17,863 cases and 472 deaths; Manatee has 10,673 cases and 268 deaths; Pasco has 8,338 cases and 184 deaths; Hernando has 2,781 cases and 100 deaths; and Citrus has 2,334 cases and 64 deaths.

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