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Florida adds 11,000+ coronavirus cases, 105 deaths Monday

Pasco County’s ICU bed availability was especially low Monday, at only two percent.
Florida added more than 11,000 coronavirus cases Monday.
Florida added more than 11,000 coronavirus cases Monday. [ Times ]
Published Jan. 4
Updated Jan. 4

Florida added 11,256 coronavirus cases Monday as infections continue to surge, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Since March, the state has recorded 1,376,692 cases of the virus. Health officials also logged 105 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the total number of people dead statewide to 22,415.

The weekly death average increased to about 129 people announced dead per day.

The state processed about 104,000 coronavirus tests Sunday, with a daily positivity rate of 12.52 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 260,655 people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 4,847 from the day prior.

In Hillsborough County, 15,088 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 14,979; in Polk, 4,251; in Manatee, 4,957; in Pasco, 5,312; in Hernando, 1,703; and in Citrus, 1,167.

Women continue to outpace men in receiving the vaccine. Across the state, the most vaccines have been distributed in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, followed by Orange County and then Hillsborough.

Hospitalizations: About 7,200 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus across Florida, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,600 are in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 15 percent of ICU beds were open. Pasco County’s availability was especially low, with only two percent of ICU beds open, state data showed.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 181 admissions Monday.

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

When positivity is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases. Testing was disrupted last month due to holiday closures, which temporarily shuttered many state- and county-run facilities.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,770 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths Monday.

Thirteen deaths were recorded in Pinellas County, three in Pasco, two in Hillsborough and one in Manatee. No new deaths were reported in Citrus, Hernando or Polk counties.

Polk County leads the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at 18 percent. Hillsborough follows at 16 percent, then Hernando at 15 percent, Pasco at 14 percent, Citrus at 13 percent, Pinellas at 11 percent and Manatee at 10 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 80,586 cases and 1,099 deaths; Pinellas has 47,207 cases and 1,086 deaths; Polk has 39,268 cases and 796 deaths; Manatee has 23,044 cases and 441 deaths; Pasco has 23,082 cases and 397 deaths; Hernando has 7,745 cases and 283 deaths; and Citrus has 6,955 cases and 285 deaths.

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