Florida added 2,883 COVID-19 cases Wednesday, raising the total number of cases recorded in the state to 741,632.
The Florida Department of Health also reported 66 deaths, bringing the death toll to 15,788. It can take up to two weeks for officials to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death, so the increase in the death toll may not reflect the number of people who died the previous day.
On average, the state has announced about 101 deaths per day over the past week.
Hospitalizations: Over the past seven months, Florida has seen 47,011 hospitalizations due to COVID-19, with 9,159 in Tampa Bay.
The state reported 258 new hospitalizations Wednesday, including 44 in the Tampa Bay region.
According to the state Agency for Healthcare Administration, there are about 2,160 people in Florida hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19. In the Tampa Bay area, 477 people are currently hospitalized due to the virus.
About 24 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available in Florida on Wednesday morning, according to the agency. Roughly 21 percent of Tampa Bay hospital beds and 16 percent of adult ICU beds were open.
Positivity: Johns Hopkins University recorded Florida’s positivity rate at 11.65 percent on Wednesday morning.
The World Health Organization advises that a state or region maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks before loosening social distancing guidelines.
Local numbers: The Tampa Bay area added 544 cases and 10 deaths Wednesday.
Citrus and Manatee counties added three deaths each, while Polk County added two deaths. Hillsborough and Pinellas counties added one death each. There were no new deaths in Pasco and Hernando counties.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 44,652 cases and 725 deaths, Pinellas has 23,510 cases and 792 deaths, Polk has 21,354 cases and 565 deaths, Manatee has 12,270 cases and 312 deaths, Pasco has 9,989 cases and 220 deaths, Hernando has 3,324 cases and 150 deaths, and Citrus has 2,983 cases and 125 deaths.
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