Florida added 3,650 coronavirus cases Friday, making it 658,381 total positive infections found since March.
The state also announced 176 coronavirus deaths. Since the first death nearly six months ago, 12,658 people in Florida have died from the virus. One of the deaths announced Friday included a 14-year-old Palm Beach girl, according to the Florida Department of Health. Nine children in Florida have died from coronavirus, the youngest a 6-year-old Hillsborough girl.
The weekly death average moved up to about 108 people announced dead per day. The weekly average for cases also moved up slightly, with about 2,596 cases announced each day.
Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 215 admissions.
Hospitalizations: About 2,900 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus across Florida, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration.
Just under 500 people are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area. Recovery has stalled in the Tampa Bay area in the past week, even though most other large counties are still seeing cases and hospitalizations declining.
About 25 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds are open statewide, while in Tampa Bay about 22 percent of hospital beds and about 18 percent of ICU beds are open.
Positivity: The positivity rate can be used to gauge whether there’s enough testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.
In Florida, testing has continued to decline over the past month. The weekly positivity rate is about 13 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Florida Department of Health calculates positivity differently, by counting negative retests but not positive retests. Their weekly rate comes out to about 5 percent.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay recorded 599 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths Friday.
Six of the deaths were reported in Pasco. Five were reported each in Hillsborough and Manatee, while Hernando added two and Pinellas added one.
Polk and Citrus continue to lead the area with the highest average weekly positivity at about 7 percent. Hillsborough follows at 6 percent, while Pasco and Hernando have a rate of about 4 percent and Pinellas and Manatee have a rate of about 3 percent.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 39,138 cases and 589 deaths; Pinellas has 20,795 cases and 701 deaths; Polk has 18,228 cases and 486 deaths; Manatee has 10,803 cases and 277 deaths; Pasco has 8,464 cases and 196 deaths; Hernando has 2,843 cases and 106 deaths; and Citrus has 2,411 cases and 70 deaths.
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