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Florida adds 1,707 coronavirus cases, 54 deaths Monday

The weekly death average was 89 deaths reported per day
For use with daily coronavirus numbers.
For use with daily coronavirus numbers. [ Times ]
Published Oct. 19, 2020
Updated Oct. 19, 2020

The Florida Department of Health added 1,707 coronavirus cases Monday, for a total of 756,727 cases statewide since March.

According Johns Hopkins University, the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed 40 million Monday morning.

The state added 54 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing its death toll to 16,222. The state has reported 89 deaths per day on average over the past week. Deaths added does not necessarily reflect the number of people who died the previous day as it can take up to two weeks for officials to report a coronavirus-related death.

Hospitalizations: There are currently 2,053 people in Florida hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. In Tampa Bay, 445 people are currently hospitalized.

About 28 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 28 percent of its adult intensive care unit beds were available Monday morning, according to the agency. Roughly 23 percent of Tampa Bay hospital beds and 22 percent of local adult ICU beds were open.

The health department recorded 72 new hospital admissions statewide, 19 of them in Tampa Bay.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was 11.95 percent Monday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Florida Department of Health determines positivity rates differently, excluding positive retests from its calculations. Its data indicated a statewide average weekly positivity rate of about 5 percent.

The World Health Organization recommends that a state or region maintains a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks before reopening. This rate suggests that testing is widespread enough to capture asymptomatic and mild cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 290 coronavirus cases and seven deaths Monday.

Polk County added three deaths. Hillsborough, Pinellas, Citrus and Hernando counties added one death each. There were no new deaths in Manatee and Pasco counties.

Polk County had a positivity rate of 6 percent, while Hillsborough and Hernando counties had positivity rates just above 5 percent. Manatee and Pinellas counties reported positivity rates of about 5 percent while Pasco and Citrus counties reported positivity rates of about 4 percent.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has seen 45,538 cases and 756 deaths, Pinellas has reported 24,169 cases and 805 deaths, Polk has recorded 21,837 cases and 591 deaths, Manatee has had 12,584 cases and 322 deaths, Pasco has seen 10,238 cases and 225 deaths, Hernando has reported 3,458 cases and 157 deaths, and Citrus has 3,045 cases and 132 deaths.

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