Florida added 11,576 coronavirus cases Monday as the state’s latest surge pushes on.
Since March, 1,488,586 cases of the virus have been identified across Florida. As of Monday, just under 16,000 cases are found per day, according to the weekly average.
Monday, the Florida Department of Health also announced 163 deaths, making the total number of people in Florida dead from the virus 23,424. The weekly death average increased to about 144 people announced dead per day.
About 129,000 tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a daily positivity rate of 10.60 percent.
Vaccinations: As of Monday, 587,956 people statewide have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, an increase of 29,630 from the previous day.
In Hillsborough, 27,445 people have received a vaccination; in Pinellas, 27,155; in Polk, 10,305; in Manatee, 10,820; in Pasco, 11,507; in Hernando, 5,299; and in Citrus, 5,530.
Just under 40,000 of the people vaccinated have both their first and second shot, according to the report from the Florida Department of Health.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach lead the state in the most vaccinations, followed by Orange then Hillsborough and Pinellas.
Hospitalizations: About 7,650 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,600 are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.
Statewide, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of Intensive Care Unit beds are open. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 15 percent of ICU beds are available. Availability in Pasco is low, with only about 7 percent of ICU beds open.
Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 205 admissions.
Positivity: In Florida, the average weekly positivity rate is about 14 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 48 states that does not meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a positivity rate of 5 percent or below before loosening movement restrictions.
When the positivity rate is too high it indicates there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,367 cases and 43 deaths Monday.
Twenty two deaths were reported out of Hillsborough, 10 were in Citrus, four were in Pasco, there were in Hernando, two were in Manatee, and one was in both Pinellas and Polk.
Polk and Hillsborough lead the area with an average weekly positivity rate of 14 percent. Pasco follows at 13 percent, then Hernando and Citrus at 12 percent, Pinellas at 11 percent and Manatee at 10 percent.
As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 87,511 cases and 1,150 deaths; Pinellas has 51,384 cases and 1,137 deaths; Polk has 42,880 cases and 840 deaths; Manatee has 24,871 cases and 452 deaths; Pasco has 25,224 cases and 414 deaths; Hernando has 8,443 cases and 293 deaths; and Citrus has 7,506 cases and 299 deaths.
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