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Florida adds 3,662 coronavirus cases, 86 deaths Tuesday

The number of cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 231 admissions.
Florida added 3,662 coronavirus cases Tuesday.
Florida added 3,662 coronavirus cases Tuesday. [ Times ]
Published Oct. 20, 2020|Updated Oct. 20, 2020

Florida added 3,662 coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections recorded statewide to 760,389, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The addition brought the seven-day caseload average to about 3,091 infections announced per day.

The state also recorded 86 coronavirus deaths Tuesday. Since March, 16,308 people in Florida have died from the virus. The weekly death average decreased slightly to about 84 people announced dead per day.

The number of cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 231 admissions.

Hospitalizations: About 2,050 people in Florida are in the hospital with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 450 people are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.

About 26 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 25 percent of its intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of ICU beds were available.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 12 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Florida Department of Health, which calculates positivity by counting negative retests but not positive retests, is about 5 percent.

The World Health Organization set a recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below for at least two weeks before loosening social distancing restrictions. The positivity rate can indicate if there’s enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 722 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths Tuesday.

Three deaths each were recorded in Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties. Two deaths were recorded in both Hernando and Pinellas counties.

All counties in the Tampa Bay area have a weekly positivity rate of about 5 percent, except for Polk, which has a rate of about 6 percent.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 45,798 cases and 759 deaths; Pinellas has 24,327 cases and 807 deaths; Polk has 21,981 cases and 594 deaths; Manatee has 12,648 cases and 322 deaths; Pasco has 10,294 cases and 228 deaths; Hernando has 3,484 cases and 159 deaths; and Citrus has 3,059 cases and 132 deaths.

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