Florida added 5,607 coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing the number of infections recorded since March to 863,619, according to the Florida Department of Health.
The weekly case average decreased slightly. As of Thursday, about 5,177 coronavirus cases are announced per day.
The state also announced 73 deaths Thursday. A total of 17,585 people have died from the virus. The weekly death average rose to about 59 people announced dead per day.
Hospitalizations: About 3,050 people across Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 700 are in the Tampa Bay area. Hospitalizations have been on the rise in recent weeks.
About 22 percent of hospital beds and intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of ICU beds were available.
Some of the largest providers in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, including Tampa General Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital, only had a handful of ICU beds available as of Thursday morning.
Cases that resulted in hospitalization increased by 161 admissions.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 8 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University and the Florida Department of Health. It is one of 38 states that don’t meet the World Health Organization recommended rate of 5 percent or below.
When positivity is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,067 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths Thursday.
Eleven deaths were recorded in Pinellas County, four were in Hillsborough and one was in Polk. No new deaths were reported in Citrus, Manatee, Hillsborough or Pasco counties.
Citrus leads the area with an 11 percent weekly positivity rate, followed by Polk, Hillsborough and Pasco at 8 percent, Hernando and Pinellas at 7 percent and Manatee at 6 percent.
As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 52,014 cases and 860 deaths; Pinellas has 28,486 cases and 853 deaths; Polk has 24,829 cases and 646 deaths; Manatee has 14,480 cases and 342 deaths; Pasco has 12,199 cases and 252 deaths; Hernando has 4,167 cases and 182 deaths; and Citrus has 3,741 cases and 144 deaths.
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