Florida’s coronavirus death toll surpassed 15,000 on Wednesday, with 15,084 people having died of the virus since March.
The Florida Department of Health reported 139 coronavirus-related deaths Wednesday. On average, state officials have announced about 85 deaths per day over the past seven days.
The state added 2,582 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, raising the total number of cases statewide to 722,707.
Hospitalizations: The health department reported 258 additional admissions statewide on Wednesday, including 49 in Tampa Bay. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been 45,777 hospitalizations total throughout Florida.
As of Wednesday morning, there were 2,142 people in Florida hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. In Tampa Bay, there are 460 people hospitalized due to COVID-19.
Statewide, about 23 percent of hospital beds and about 22 percent of adult intensive unit care beds were available Wednesday morning, according to the agency. In Tampa Bay, around 20 percent of hospital beds and roughly 16 percent of adult ICU beds were available.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was 10.84 percent Wednesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University. According to the Florida Department of Health, which does not include positive retests in its calculations, the state averaged a positivity rate of 4.3 percent over the past seven days.
Before reopening, a region should maintain a positivity rate of five percent or less for at least two weeks, according to the World Health Organization. Florida is currently in Phase 3 of reopening, with all statewide restrictions on businesses lifted.
Local numbers: The Tampa Bay area added 431 coronavirus cases and 26 deaths Wednesday.
Polk County reported 10 additional deaths, while Pinellas and Hillsborough counties added six deaths each. Hernando County saw three additional deaths while Citrus County added one death. There were no new deaths reported in Pasco or Manatee counties.
Polk County had a positivity rate of about six percent while Citrus County had a positivity rate slightly above five percent. Hillsborough, Hernando and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about five percent. Pasco County’s positivity rate was around four percent while Pinellas County had a positivity rate of about three percent.
According to the latest counts, Hillsborough County has reported 43,304 cases and 680 deaths since March; Pinellas County has reported 22,697 cases and 778 deaths; Polk County has reported 20,687 cases and 544 deaths; Manatee County has reported 11,878 cases and 298 deaths; Pasco County has reported 9,569 cases and 211 deaths; Hernando County has reported 3,277 cases and 211 deaths and Citrus County has reported 2,883 cases and 113 deaths.
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