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Florida added 3,573 new cases and 63 new deaths Saturday

The state has had a total of 681,233 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.
Florida added 3,573 new cases and 63 new deaths since Friday.
Florida added 3,573 new cases and 63 new deaths since Friday. [ Times ]
Published Sep. 19, 2020
Updated Sep. 19, 2020

Florida recorded 3,573 new cases of the coronavirus on Saturday, according to the Florida Department of Health, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 681,233.

The state also added 63 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 13,450.

The latest report marginally increased the weekly case average, to 2,809. The average daily death toll fell to 99. That figure has been falling since Tuesday, when it spiked at 126.

More than 86,000 Florida residents were tested since Friday morning.

Hospitalizations: According to data from the Agency for Health Care Administration, 2,260 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. In the Tampa Bay area, 438 are hospitalized with COVID-19.

Of the more than 60,000 staffed hospital beds in the state, more than a quarter are available, data shows. Just under a quarter of the more than 6,000 intensive care unit beds statewide are available.

By percentage, hospital capacity in the Tampa Bay area is lower than statewide numbers. About 22 percent of the area’s more than 9,000 hospital beds are available, while just 17 percent of the area’s nearly 1,100 ICU beds are available.

Positivity: Florida’s weekly average positivity rate was 11.9 percent on Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. That figure has generally been declining since it spiked to 13.6 percent on Sept. 9. And it’s far lower than the state’s July spike, when positivity hit 19.6 percent, according to the university.

The Florida Department of Health calculates positivity differently, by counting negative retests but not positive retests. Based on those metrics, the weekly positivity rate for new cases has held relatively steady all week, at about 4 percent.

Positivity can be used to gauge whether enough testing is being done in a region to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.

Though there is no one perfect metric to determine positivity, the World Health Organization recommended a rate of 5 percent or below for 14 days before loosening social distancing restrictions.

Local numbers: The Tampa Bay area added 642 cases since Friday morning, with Hillsborough County providing 238, or more than a third.

The bay area saw seven additional deaths. Three came from Citrus County, two came out of Polk County, and Pinellas and Pasco counties had one each.

Citrus and Polk and Hillsborough counties had the highest weekly positivity rates, with each above 5 percent. Hernando came in just under 5 percent, while Pasco clocked in below 4 percent. Manatee’s weekly average positive rate was about 3 percent, while Pinellas was under that mark.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough had 40,587 cases and 609 deaths; Pinellas had 21,440 cases and 725 deaths; Polk had 19,035 cases and 510 deaths; Manatee had 11,158 cases and 279 deaths; Pasco had 8,816 cases and 200 deaths; Hernando had 2,999 cases and 113 deaths; and Citrus had 2,606 cases and 84 deaths.

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