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Florida adds 4,651 coronavirus cases as state breaks 17,000 deaths

More than 700 new infections and 17 new deaths were reported in the Tampa Bay region.

Florida counted 4,651 more cases of the coronavirus on Monday as well as 46 new deaths, pushing the state past 17,000 deaths from the virus, according to the state Department of Health.

Since the pandemic’s start this spring, 812,063 total people have contracted the virus statewide. It’s taken 17,043 lives.

More than 700 of the new infections reported were in the Tampa Bay region, which saw 12 new deaths. About 80 more people statewide have been hospitalized with the virus, including 17 in Tampa Bay.

Hospitalizations

About 80 more people statewide were hospitalized with the coronavirus the Health Department said Monday, bringing the total number of virus-related admissions past 50,000 since March.

About 2,455 people were in Florida hospitals with the primary diagnosis of COVID-19 at midday, according to the state Agency for Health Care Administration.

About 16,000 of the state’s 60,000 regular hospital beds and 1,600 of its 6,000 intensive care unit beds were available. Fewer than 3,000 of Tampa Bay’s nearly 12,000 regular beds and about 275 of the region’s nearly 1,200 intensive care unit beds were open.

Positivity

Florida has an average weekly positivity rate of 5.58 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

That’s the 35th-highest rate in the country and still slightly above the World Health Organization’s recommendation of no greater than 5 percent for two weeks before lifting social distancing requirements.

The positivity rate has dropped steadily since mid-July, when it reached about 20 percent in Florida. The state consistently had one of the highest rates, but is now lower on the list as midwestern states see spikes in cases.

More than 9 million test results have been recorded statewide, according to the Department of Health.

Local numbers

More than 700 of the new infections reported Monday were in the Tampa Bay region, with the most, 256, in Hillsborough County. Half the region’s 12 new deaths were in Hillsborough. Pinellas, Hernando and Polk counted two each.

Manatee and Pinellas counties had the second and third most new cases, with 149 and 125, respectively. There were 99 new cases reported Polk, 84 in Pasco, 20 in Citrus and five in Hernando.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 48,925 cases and 827 deaths, Pinellas has 26,339 cases and 829 deaths, Polk has 23,405 cases and 627 deaths, Manatee has 13,699 cases and 332 deaths, Pasco has 11,147 cases and 245 deaths, Hernando has 3,817 cases and 178 deaths, and Citrus has 3,328 cases and 136 deaths.

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