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Florida adds 3,356 coronavirus cases, 144 deaths Thursday

The state has reported about 97 deaths per day this week on average
Florida added 3,356 coronavirus cases and 144 deaths Thursday.
Florida added 3,356 coronavirus cases and 144 deaths Thursday. [ Times ]
Published Oct. 15, 2020
Updated Oct. 16, 2020

Florida reported 3,356 coronavirus cases and 144 virus-related deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of infections to 744,988 and 15,932 deaths since March.

On average, the state has reported 97 deaths per day over the past week. The deaths reported can lag, as it sometimes takes officials up to two weeks to confirm and record a virus-related death.

Hospitalizations: The Florida Department of Health reported 212 additional hospitalizations, including 48 in Tampa Bay.

There are currently 2,117 people hospitalized statewide with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. Tampa Bay hospitals are currently treating 460 patients for the virus.

About 24 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available in Florida on Thursday, according to the agency. Roughly 20 percent of Tampa Bay hospital beds and 16 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: According to Johns Hopkins University, Florida’s positivity rate was 12.17 percent as of Thursday morning.

The Florida Department of Health, which does not include positive retests in its calculations, recorded an average weekly positivity rate of about 4.6 percent statewide.

Before reopening, a state should maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks, according to the World Health Organization.

Local numbers: The health department logged 513 cases and 34 deaths in the Tampa Bay area.

Hillsborough County reported 14 deaths, while Polk and Manatee counties reported six deaths each. Pinellas County added four deaths and Hernando and Pasco counties added two deaths each. There were no new deaths in Citrus County.

Hillsborough, Hernando and Polk counties had positivity rates just above 5 percent. Pasco County reported a positivity rate of about 5 percent while Pinellas, Manatee and Citrus counties recorded positivity rates of about 4 percent.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has seen 44,811 cases and 739 deaths, Pinellas has reported 23623 cases and 796 deaths, Polk has recorded 21,456 cases and 571 deaths, Manatee has had 12,304 cases and 318 deaths, Pasco has seen 10,054 cases and 222 deaths, Hernando has reported 3,359 cases and 152 deaths, and Citrus has 2,988 cases and 125 deaths.

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