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Florida adds 2,795 coronavirus cases, 107 deaths

On Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida would be moving to Phase 3 of reopening.
Florida added 2,795 coronavirus cases Saturday
Florida added 2,795 coronavirus cases Saturday [ Times ]
Published Sep. 26, 2020
Updated Sep. 26, 2020

Florida added 2,795 coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the total number of infections statewide to 698,682 cases.

The state also announced 107 coronavirus deaths. Since the first coronavirus case was found in Florida, 14,190 people have died from the virus. Among the deaths was a 12-year-old girl in Duval County, the ninth death of a child because of coronavirus in Florida.

The weekly death average increased to about 106 people announced dead per day. The peak death average came in early August, when about 185 deaths were announced per day.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 171 admissions.

Hospitalizations: About 2,100 people across Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 420 are in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 24 percent of hospital beds are open and 22 percent of ICU beds are open. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 14 percent of ICU beds are available.

The largest area hospital, Tampa General Hospital, had no ICU beds available as of Saturday morning.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 11 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Florida Department of Health, which calculates it by counting negative retests but not positive retests, puts positivity at about 5 percent.

The positivity rate can be used to measure whether an area is doing enough testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases. If that rate is too high, that can mean only the most sick people have access to testing. The World Health Organization set a recommendation in the Spring for a 5 percent positivity rate or lower for two weeks to reopen with more safety.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 585 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths Saturday.

Three deaths were recorded in both Polk and Hillsborough, two were recorded in both Citrus and Pinellas and one death was in Hernando.

Polk and Citrus lead the area with the highest weekly positivity at about 6 percent, followed by Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco at 5 percent and Manatee and Pinellas at 3 percent.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 41,722 cases and 633 deaths; Pinellas has 21,964 cases and 748 deaths; Polk has 19,765 cases and 532 deaths; Manatee has 11,436 cases and 293 deaths; Pasco has 9,162 cases and 209 deaths; Hernando has 3,120 cases and 121 deaths; and Citrus has 2,737 cases and 102 deaths.

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