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Florida adds 19,000+ coronavirus cases, 194 deaths Friday

More than 1.4 million people have been infected statewide.
More than 1.4 million people have been infected statewide with COVID-19.
More than 1.4 million people have been infected statewide with COVID-19. [ Times ]
Published Jan. 8, 2021|Updated Jan. 8, 2021

Florida added 19,530 coronavirus cases and 194 deaths Friday, raising the death total to 23,011. More than 1.4 million people have been infected statewide since March.

The state processed 148,494 test results Thursday, with a daily positivity rate of 11.46 percent, according to the Florida Department of Health. 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 United States shattered death records Thursday, reporting roughly 4,000 deaths as state and local governments race to vaccinate their populations. With more than 19,000 new infections, Florida saw a record number of cases Thursday, the second day in a row and third time in a week it surpassed previous daily caseload records.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 443,616 people, including 36,984 in the past 24 hours.

In Hillsborough County, 22,828 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 22,777; in Pasco, 9,352; in Manatee, 9,304; in Polk, 7,180; in Hernando, 3,180; and in Citrus, 2,555.

As Tampa Bay counties rolled out vaccines for seniors this week, many faced hurdles due to website crashes and an overwhelming demand. Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties stopped taking reservations Tuesday, having filled all available slots. Hillsborough expects to have more vaccines available next week, while Pinellas said it will offer more appointments as new doses become available. Information about vaccines in Hernando County can be found on its website or by calling 352-540-6800.

Hospitalizations: Florida hospitals are currently treating 7,346 people for COVID-19, including 1,547 in Tampa Bay, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration.

The state recorded 364 new admissions Friday, with 65 in Tampa Bay.

About 19 percent of hospital beds and 16 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 18 percent of hospital beds and 13 percent of adult ICU beds were open. In Tampa, Memorial Hospital’s 107 regular beds and its 11 adult ICU beds were full as of Friday morning. Four of Tampa General’s 93 adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s weekly average positivity rate was 13.89 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

States and regions should maintain a positivity rate of five percent or less for at least two weeks before loosening social distancing guidelines, according to the World Health Organization. Three states and the District of Columbia currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 3,487 cases and 24 deaths Friday.

Hillsborough County added eight deaths, while Polk added seven. Pinellas and Manatee counties added three deaths each and Pasco reported two. There was one new death in Citrus County. No new deaths were reported in Hernando County.

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Polk County’s weekly average positivity rate was 15 percent; Hillsborough’s positivity rate was 14 percent; Pasco’s was 13 percent; Citrus County’s was also 13 percent; Hernando’s positivity rate was 12 percent; Pinellas County’s was 11 percent and Manatee’s was 10 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 84,714 cases and 1,125 deaths; Pinellas has 49,771 cases and 1,125 deaths; Polk has 41,620 cases and 833 deaths; Manatee has 24,278 cases and 446 deaths; Pasco has 24,363 cases and 408 deaths; Hernando has 8,171 cases and 290 deaths; and Citrus has 7,340 cases and 285 deaths.

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