Florida added 17,344 coronavirus cases Friday, a number that looks unusually large because it accounts for a two-day period, due to the state’s decision to not release data on Thanksgiving. Friday’s additions also included 114 deaths.
With the statewide total of cases recorded since March now at 979,020, Florida remains on track to pass the 1 million-infection threshold early next week. The state’s death toll now stands at 18,596.
About 7,943 cases are being announced per day, according to the latest seven-day average. About 69 deaths are being announced per day.
Hospitalizations: More than 3,700 people were hospitalized as of Friday morning with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 800 of those were in the Tampa Bay area.
The number of people hospitalized has been steadily increasing in recent weeks as the number of cases has risen, though Friday’s numbers were about the same as where they stood earlier this week.
Nearly 30 percent of hospital beds and more than 25 percent of intensive care unit beds were available across Florida, an improvement of several percentage points on both counts compared to two days earlier. In Tampa Bay, just over 30 percent of hospital beds and about 24 percent of intensive care unit beds were available, both of which were also improvements over earlier this week.
Cases that led to hospitalization increased by 336 admissions over two days, according to Friday’s data.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 7.6 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 45 states that doesn’t meet the World Health Organization’s recommendation for a rate of 5 percent or below.
The positivity rate has decreased over the past week as testing has increased — it’s down about 1 percentage point from where it stood a week ago. A higher positivity rate can indicate that there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic coronavirus cases.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,664 coronavirus cases and 25 deaths Friday.
Sixteen deaths were reported in Hillsborough County; five in Citrus County; two in Hernando County; and one each in Pinellas and Pasco counties. Manatee and Polk counties did not report any new deaths.
As of Friday’s counts, Hillsborough has 57,371 cases and 925 deaths; Pinellas has 32,408 cases and 889 deaths; Polk has 27,149 cases and 673 deaths; Manatee has 16,474 cases and 372 deaths; Pasco has 14,488 cases and 273 deaths; Hernando has 4,873 cases and 208 deaths; and Citrus has 4,623 cases and 166 deaths.
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