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Florida adds nearly 15,000 coronavirus cases, 161 deaths

The state has reported 15,908 cases and 153 deaths per day on average.

The Florida Department of Health reported 14,896 coronavirus cases and 161 deaths on Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths since March to 23,585.

More than 1.5 million people have been infected statewide during the course of the pandemic. Florida has recorded the third-highest number of cases, following behind Texas at 1.9 million and California at 2.6 million. The three states are also the most populous states in the nation.

On average, the state has reported 15,908 cases and 153 deaths each 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 state health department received 122,853 test results Monday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 10.62 percent.

Vaccinations: The state reported Tuesday that 648,353 shots had been administered, and that 36,010 of those were given on Monday.

In Hillsborough County, 28,984 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 29,078; in Pasco, 12,298; in Manatee, 11,555; in Polk, 11,267; in Hernando, 6,341; and in Citrus, 6,148.

To date, 597,119 people have received the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 51,234 people have completed the full series of vaccines needed for immunity. There are 10,665 people who are overdue for the second vaccination.

Hospitalizations: There are 7,714 people who are being treated in Florida hospitals with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, including 1,566 people in Tampa Bay, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration.

Florida reported 420 new admissions Tuesday, with 84 in Tampa Bay.

About 20 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 15 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s weekly average positivity rate was 13.4 percent Tuesday, 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. A positivity rate of 5 percent or less indicates that testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

Vermont, Hawaii and Alaska currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay reported 2,373 cases and 58 deaths Tuesday.

Polk County saw 29 deaths, while Pasco County added 13 deaths. Hernando County reported 10 deaths. Pinellas and Manatee counties reported three deaths each. There were no new deaths added in Hillsborough County. Citrus County removed one death from its count, meaning either the cause of death was something other than coronavirus or the person who died was not a resident.

Polk County has a weekly average positivity rate of 14 percent, while Pasco and Hillsborough counties each have positivity rates of 13 percent. Citrus and Hernando counties have positivity rates of 12 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties have positivity rates of 10 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 88,217 cases and 1,150 deaths; Pinellas has 51,874 cases and 1,140 deaths; Polk has 43,363 cases and 869 deaths; Manatee has 25,134 cases and 455 deaths; Pasco has 25,483 cases and 427 deaths; Hernando has 8,533 cases and 303 deaths; and Citrus has 7,588 cases and 298 deaths.

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