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Florida adds 10,000+ coronavirus cases, 100 deaths Sunday

The state has seen an increase of coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations in the winter.
Florida added more than 10,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
Florida added more than 10,000 coronavirus cases Sunday [ Times ]
Published Jan. 3, 2021|Updated Jan. 3, 2021

Florida added more than 10,000 coronavirus cases Sunday, part of a winter surge that has brought infections, deaths and hospitalizations roaring upward.

The state’s department of health announced 10,603 cases Sunday, making the number of infections detected since March 1,365,436.

The state announced 100 deaths from the virus. As cases and hospitalizations rise, deaths are expected to increase. As of Sunday, about 125 deaths were being announced per day, averaged over the prior week. A total of 22,310 people have died.

A little over 96,000 tests were processed Saturday, with a daily positivity rate of 12.43 percent, according to the state Department of Health.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, 255,808 people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 12,701 from the day prior.

In Hillsborough, 14,893 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 14,947; in Polk, 4,117; in Manatee, 4,580; in Pasco, 5,219; in Hernando, 1,695; and in Citrus, 1,142.

Miami-Dade and Broward lead the state in people vaccinated, followed by Orange, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Duval.

Hospitalizations: Just under 7,000 people in Florida are currently hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,500 are in the Tampa Bay area. The number of people hospitalized has been increasing.

Statewide, about 24 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds are available. In Tampa Bay, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of ICU beds are open.

The largest area ICU, Tampa General Hospital, had only a handful of ICU beds available as of Sunday afternoon.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 13 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 47 states that doesn’t meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent rate or below before loosening restrictions.

When positivity is too high it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases, allowing them to spread further.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,129 coronavirus cases and 38 deaths Sunday.

Fourteen deaths were recorded in Pinellas, nine were in Citrus, both Hillsborough and Pasco recorded six deaths, Hernando added two and Manatee added one.

Polk leads the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at about 17 percent. Hillsborough follows with 16 percent, then Citrus, Hernando and Pasco at 14 percent, Pinellas at 11 percent and Manatee at 10 percent.

Positivity rates leapt up after testing was disrupted from holiday closures.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 80,035 cases and 1,097 deaths; Pinellas has 46,860 cases and 1,073 deaths; Polk has 38,843 cases and 796 deaths; Manatee has 22,920 cases and 440 deaths; Pasco has 22,879 cases and 394 deaths; Hernando has 7,677 cases and 283 deaths; and Citrus has 6,903 cases and 285 deaths.

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