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Florida adds nearly 8,000 coronavirus cases, brings total above 900,000

The weekly case average and death average both increased Wednesday.

Florida added 7,925 coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the state beyond 900,000 total infections as the weekly case average continues upward.

Since March, there have been 905,248 coronavirus cases recorded. As of Wednesday, the daily average is 6,748, around the level it was in early August.

The state also reported 88 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of people who have died in Florida from the virus to 17,949. The seven-day death average increased to about 62 people announced dead per day.

The state processed just under 105,000 tests, leading to a daily positivity rate of about 8 percent.

Hospitalizations: About 3,400 people across Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration, a number that has been steadily rising over the past few weeks. About 730 are in the Tampa Bay area.

About 23 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 22 percent of its ICU beds are available. Locally, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of ICU beds are available. The largest hospital in Pinellas, Morton Plant Hospital, had no ICU beds available as of Wednesday morning. The largest hospital across Tampa Bay, Tampa General Hospital, only had one.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 317 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 9 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 44 states that doesn’t meet the World Health Organization recommended positivity level 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, letting them continue to spread through the population and infect others.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,286 coronavirus cases and 26 deaths.

Eleven deaths were recorded in Hillsborough, four were in Pasco, three were recorded in Manatee, Pinellas and Polk, and one was recorded in both Citrus and Hernando.

Citrus leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of 12 percent. Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk follow with a rate of 8 percent, Hernando and Manatee have a rate of 7 percent, and Pinellas has a rate of 6 percent.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 53,900 cases and 882 deaths; Pinellas has 29,737 cases and 866 deaths; Polk has 25,696 cases and 659 deaths; Manatee has 15,147 cases and 365 deaths; Pasco has 12,968 cases and 265 deaths; Hernando has 4,366 cases and 188 deaths; and Citrus has 4,086 cases and 151 deaths.

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