With the nation’s total coronavirus caseload now topping 10 million infections, the Florida Department of Health reported 3,924 COVID-19 infections on Monday and 58 deaths.
Monday’s report brought the state’s overall death toll throughout the pandemic to 17,391 lives lost. Since March 1, the state has reported a total of 847,821 cases.
The number of coronavirus tests administered each day is trending down this week, according to the according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center, while Florida’s daily infections and positivity rates has steadily increased.
That data is typically made public in a series of reports published to the Florida Department of Health website around noon each day. On Monday, though, those reports weren’t released until about 4:40 p.m.
Florida’s death rate is the 12th highest in the nation per capita, according to the university. By Monday, the state was averaging 49.7 new deaths each day, records show. According to the state’s data, roughly one in every 24 people in Florida has tested positive for the virus.
After an unprecedented weekend of COVID-19 infections throughout the country, the total number coronavirus cases reported in the U.S. each day has surged more than 60 percent in the last two weeks to more than 10,018,000 on Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins. That’s about one-fifth of the more than 50.5 million known infections on the planet. Of the nearly 1.3 million deaths attributed to the virus worldwide, roughly 238,000 were in the U.S.
Global health experts have warned that the nationwide surge in infections could still get worse. The U.S. is currently averaging more than 100,000 new cases reported per day and could exceed 200,000 cases per day by Thanksgiving. Similar warnings were issued just 10 days ago, when the U.S. recorded its 9 millionth infection since the coronavirus was first detected in the U.S. on Jan. 21.
Hospitalizations: By Sunday morning, 2,898 people across Florida were in the hospital with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration — an increase of 103 hospitalizations in 24 hours.
Roughly 23 percent of those were in Tampa Bay area hospitals, which reported 654 coronavirus patients. Local hospitalizations rose by about a quarter in the past month, records show. Florida’s hospitals have treated 51,196 coronavirus patients in all since the start of the pandemic.
About 25 percent of adult beds in Florida intensive care units and 26 percent of regular hospital beds were available for new patients Monday.
In the Tampa Bay area, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult ICU beds were available Sunday, showing an uptick in admissions. Pediatric units have also seen a slight increase in admissions since last week, reporting only 24 of 88 patient ICU beds available.
Adult ICU units in Hillsborough County were 86 percent full by Sunday morning, with only 50 of 382 beds empty, and Pasco County’s ICU beds were 89 percent full. Most of the region’s hospitals continued to operate at or near capacity on Monday. In Pinellas County, Morton Plant Hospital’s adult ICU listed only two empty beds and at Tampa General Hospital, only 11 of 96 adult ICU beds were empty.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 7.6 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University, which recently changed its metric to align more closely with the Florida Department of Health’s measure.
The state’s positivity rate has steadily declined since hitting 20 percent during Florida’s mid-July spike. Still, Florida is one of 38 states above the World Health Organization’s recommended positivity rate of 5 percent or below. A high positivity rate can indicate there’s not enough testing in a given area to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.
According to state data, Florida’s positivity rate for new cases was 8.07 percent, and has ranged from 4.91 percent to 8.26 percent in the last two weeks.
Statewide, more than 6.8 million people have been tested for the coronavirus — about one-third of Florida’s entire population. On Monday, state health officials reported the results from a little more than 52,420 coronavirus tests.
Local numbers: The Tampa Bay area added 748 coronavirus cases Monday and 10 deaths — two in Hernando County, three in Manatee and five in Hillsborough. Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Citrus counties did not report any new deaths.
Citrus leads the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at 11 percent. Pasco follows at 8 percent, then Hillsborough and Pinellas at 7 percent, and Polk, Manatee and Hernando at 6 percent.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 51,055 cases and 852 deaths; Pinellas has 27,849 cases and 835 deaths; Polk has 24,227 cases and 640 deaths; Manatee has 14,186 cases and 339 deaths; Pasco has 11,863 cases and 251 deaths; Hernando has 4,056 cases and 181 deaths; and Citrus has 3,614 cases 143 deaths.
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