The state of Florida on Monday reported 1,533 new coronavirus cases as well as 47 new deaths.
That brings the state’s total number of infections since March to 736,024. About 16,000 people have died in Florida from the virus, with the weekly death average hovering around 100 people per day for the last month.
The state also reported another 91 hospitalizations from the virus including 32 in Tampa Bay. The region counted 298 new cases and an additional seven deaths Monday.
There has been a slight, steady increase in new cases over several days. Florida’s weekly average in new cases is now 2,593 new cases per day, a number that has gone up six days in a row.
The number is adjusted for Saturday, when the state decided against releasing data for the first time in seven months. State officials had blamed the delay on an influx of about 400,000 previously reported test results from private testing company Helix Laboratory. But the state reversed that Monday, saying the company was not at fault and that an unspecified technical issue caused the delay, according to the News Service of Florida.
“This was not the fault of Helix or the Department of Health,” a statement read. “We are working with technical experts to ensure this does not happen with subsequent data submissions.”
About 2,200 people are hospitalized in Florida with the primary diagnosis of COVID-19. Nearly 500 are in the Tampa Bay area.
Of the state’s nearly 45,000 hospital beds, about 16,400 were available Monday. About a quarter of the state’s 4,400 intensive care unit beds were open.
In Tampa Bay, about 26 percent of the region’s 9,200 hospital beds and about 21 percent of its 900 intensive care unit beds were available.
Florida’s weekly positivity rate is about 12 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Florida Department of Health calculates positivity differently, by counting negative retests but not positive retests, putting more emphasis on the negatives. Their weekly average positivity calculation was just under 5 percent Monday.
According to the World Health Organization, a state should have a 5 percent positivity rate or below for two weeks before loosening social distancing restrictions.
In the Tampa Bay region, Hillsborough County reported the most new cases with 118. Pinellas County had 54, Pasco had 40, Polk had 39, Manatee had 30, and Hernando and Citrus had 14 and three, respectively.
Three more deaths were announced in both Hillsborough and Pasco, as well as one in Pinellas. There were no other new deaths in the region.
Hospitalizations were up most in Pasco with 19 new admissions reported. Seven more people were hospitalized in Polk, four in Pinellas and one in both Manatee and Hernando counties.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 44,256 cases and 714 deaths, Pinellas has 23,215 cases and 787 deaths, Polk has 21,157 cases and 559 deaths, Manatee has 12,173 cases and 305 deaths, Pasco has 9,871 cases and 220 deaths, Hernando has 3,362 cases and 149 deaths, and Citrus has 2,950 cases and 119 deaths.
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Staff writer Langston Taylor contributed to this report. This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.
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