Florida added 9,592 coronavirus cases and 89 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total numbers of deaths since March to 19,716.
The state has reported about 9,315 cases and 101 deaths each day on average this week, according to the Florida Department of Health.
More than 1 million Floridians have been infected during the pandemic. Florida has the third-highest number of cases in the country. It trails behind Texas, with more than 1.2 million cases, and California with over 1.3 million cases.
Nationwide, around 286,000 people have died of the virus and 15.2 million have been infected. No COVID-19 vaccines have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, though both Britain and Canada have approved Pfizer’s vaccines. Local public health officials say it’s hard to know when the average Floridian could be vaccinated, but estimate they may not be available until May or early summer.
Hospitalizations: There were 4,581 people currently hospitalized in Florida as of Wednesday, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration. In the Tampa Bay area, 937 people were hospitalized.
The health department reported 310 new admissions Wednesday, with 69 in the Tampa Bay area.
About 22 percent of regular hospital beds and around 19 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were open statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of regular hospital beds and about 16 percent of adult ICU beds were available.
Positivity: Johns Hopkins University recorded Florida’s positivity rate at 8.58 percent Wednesday. The university recently changed its metrics to more closely match those of the state health department.
Averaging data from the Florida Department of Health, Florida’s weekly average positivity rate was roughly 7.88 percent. Overall, its daily positivity rate has ranged from 6.23 percent to 9.21 percent over the past two weeks.
States should maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks before reopening, according to the World Health Organization. Three states and the District of Columbia currently meet this protocol.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,377 cases and 15 deaths Wednesday.
Hillsborough and Hernando counties saw four deaths each while Pinellas and Citrus counties reported two deaths each. Pasco, Polk and Manatee counties each reported one death.
Hernando County had weekly average positivity rate of 10.4 percent, while Pasco County recorded a positivity rate of 10.1 percent. Polk County’s positivity rate was 9.1 percent; Citrus County’s positivity rate was 8.9 percent; Hillsborough County’s positivity rate was 7.4 percent; Pinellas County’s positivity rate was 6.9 percent and Manatee County’s positivity rate was 6.5 percent.
According to the latest counts, Hillsborough has 62,439 cases and 979 deaths, Pinellas has 35,883 cases and 945 deaths, Polk has 29,938 cases and 710 deaths, Manatee has 18,182 cases and 397 deaths, Pasco has 16,716 cases and 310 deaths, Hernando has 5,602 cases and 234 deaths, and Citrus has 5,304 cases and 189 deaths.
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