Florida adds 3,266 coronavirus cases Tuesday

The Tampa Bay area logged 486 cases and 23 deaths Tuesday.
For use with daily coronavirus numbers.
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Published Sept. 29, 2020|Updated Sept. 29, 2020

Florida reported an additional 3,266 coronavirus infections Tuesday to bring the total number of cases statewide to 704,568.

The Florida Department of Health received test results for 70,893 Florida residents Monday. By comparison, they received just under 21,000 results Sunday, reporting 738 new positive cases Monday morning.

On average, the department has received test results for about 58,000 Florida residents each day this week, and processed more than 70,000 tests on both Thursday and Friday of last week.

The number of new positive cases reported daily has stayed under 3,000 since Sept. 19, when more than 3,500 new infections were reported. Statewide, cases have steadily increased throughout the month of September for the first time since the beginning of July.

The death toll from the coronavirus in Florida rose to 14,313 with 106 additional deaths added Tuesday, including 23 in the Tampa Bay region. Meanwhile, the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 surpassed one million worldwide Monday.

Over the past week, the department has announced about 105 deaths per day on average. The weekly death average peaked in August, at 185 people announced dead per day.

Hospitalizations: An additional 252 people were hospitalized in Florida with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. Statewide, 44,355 people have been hospitalized. The Tampa Bay area saw 47 new hospitalizations, raising its total to 8,615.

About 25 percent of hospital beds were available in Florida, with 22.5 percent of adult intensive care unit beds and about 37 percent of pediatric ICU beds open, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. In the Tampa Bay area, about 20 percent of hospital beds were available and about 13.5 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: According to John Hopkins University, Florida’s positivity rate is 10.69 percent. The Florida Department of Health, which excludes positive retests from its calculations, recorded a positivity rate of about 5 percent.

The World Health Organization recommends that an area maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for two weeks before loosening restrictions. A 5 percent positivity rate indicates that testing is widespread enough to include asymptomatic cases.

Local numbers: The Tampa Bay area logged 486 cases and 23 deaths Tuesday.

There were eight deaths in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Hernando County recorded six deaths, while Polk County added one. Citrus, Manatee and Pasco counties reported no new deaths Tuesday.

Polk County had the highest positivity rate at about 5.6 percent. Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties all saw positivity rates of about five percent. Manatee and Citrus counties are at a positivity rate of four percent, while in Pinellas County, the positivity rate is three percent.

Hillsborough County has reported 42,118 cases since March, as of the latest count. Pinellas has reported 22,129 cases while Polk has had 19,974 infections. Manatee County has seen 11,546 cases while Pasco has reported 9,279 cases. Hernando County has totaled 3,150 cases and Citrus has reported 2,763 cases.

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