Florida adds 15,000+ coronavirus cases, 100 deaths Tuesday

The Tampa Bay region reported 2,136 cases and 31 deaths.
Florida reported 15,431 coronavirus cases and 100 deaths Tuesday.
Florida reported 15,431 coronavirus cases and 100 deaths Tuesday. [ Times ]
Published Jan. 5, 2021|Updated Jan. 5, 2021

The Florida Department of Health reported 15,431 coronavirus cases and 100 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths since March to 22,515.

Florida has recorded 1,392,123 coronavirus cases throughout the pandemic. It has the third-highest number of cases, behind Texas, with 1.7 million cases and California, with 2.3 million cases.

On average, the state has added about 14,267 cases and 114 deaths per day this week. It can take officials up to two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death, meaning the number of deaths added does not necessarily reflect the number of people who died the previous day.

The health department received 104,075 test results Monday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 12.74 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 289,773 people as of Tuesday, according to health officials, including 20,195 shots administered in the past 24 hours.

In Hillsborough County, 16,757 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 15,928; in Pasco, 6,685; in Manatee, 6,422; in Polk, 4,801; in Hernando, 1,961; and in Citrus, 1,225.

Miami-Dade County has reported the highest numbers of vaccinations, followed by Broward and Orange counties. Hillsborough County has reported the fourth-highest number of vaccinations.

Hospitalizations: There are 7,376 Floridians in hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration. 1,580 of these hospitalizations were in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 17 percent of hospital beds and 12 percent of ICU beds were open. Pasco County’s percent of available adult ICU beds remained at 2 percent for the second day in a row.

The state recorded 386 new admissions Tuesday, including 100 locally.

Positivity: According to Johns Hopkins University, Florida’s average weekly positivity rate was about 13.7 percent Tuesday.

States should maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks before loosening social distancing protocols, according to the World Health Organization. This positivity rate indicates that testing is widespread enough to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.

Only two states currently have a positivity rate of 5 percent or less, including Vermont and Hawaii. The District of Columbia’s positivity rate is 4.43 percent.

Local numbers: The Tampa Bay region reported 2,136 cases and 31 deaths Tuesday.

Polk County reported 18 deaths, Pinellas added seven deaths, Hernando added four and Hillsborough and Manatee counties added one death each.

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Citrus County removed eight deaths from its count, while Pasco County removed one. This removal indicates that the people who died were not residents or their deaths were determined to have been caused by something other than COVID-19.

Polk County had the highest percent positivity rate at 15 percent, followed by Hillsborough at 13 percent, and Pasco and Hernando counties, both at 12 percent. Pinellas and Citrus counties had positivity rates of 11 percent. Manatee’s positivity rate was 9 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 81,105 cases and 1,100 deaths; Pinellas has 47,739 cases and 1,093 deaths; Polk has 39,739 cases and 814 deaths; Manatee has 23,338 cases and 442 deaths; Pasco has 23,258 cases and 396 deaths; Hernando has 7,822 cases and 287 deaths; and Citrus has 7,022 cases and 277 deaths.

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