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Florida adds more than 16,000 coronavirus cases, 188 deaths Friday

The state has reported 14,116 cases and 165 deaths per day on average this week
The latest on coronavirus in Florida.
The latest on coronavirus in Florida. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Jan. 15

Florida added 16,875 coronavirus cases and 188 deaths Friday, bringing the state’s death total to more than 24,000 people since March.

Since March, the state has seen more than 1.5 million infections.

On average, Florida has reported 14,116 cases and 165 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. According to Johns Hopkins University, more than 2 million people have died from the virus worldwide.

The state health department processed 146,171 test results from residents Thursday and recorded a daily positivity rate of about 10.2 percent.

Vaccinations: As of the latest report, 849,317 people have been vaccinated in Florida, including 35,312 Thursday. Of those who have been vaccinated, 79,552 have received both doses needed for immunity, while 769,765 have received just one dose. Of those who have received the first dose, 40,661 are overdue for their second vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 39,318 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 36,453; in Pasco, 15,305; in Manatee, 13,919; in Polk, 15,050; in Hernando, 7,809; and in Citrus, 7,139.

Hospitalizations: Florida hospitals are treating 7,531 people for COVID-19, including 1,485 in Tampa Bay, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration.

The state added 433 new admissions Friday, with 88 admissions locally.

About 19 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 18 percent of hospital beds and 14 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Johns Hopkins University recorded Florida’s positivity rate at 11.9 percent Friday.

Before reopening, states should maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks, 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.

Four states and the District of Columbia currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,853 cases and 42 deaths Friday.

Pinellas County recorded 13 deaths, while Polk County added 10 deaths. Citrus County added nine deaths and Hillsborough County reported six deaths. There were two new deaths in Pasco County. Manatee and Hernando counties reported one new death each.

Polk, Hillsborough and Pasco counties had weekly average positivity rates of 12 percent. Hernando County’s positivity rate was 11 percent, while Citrus County’s positivity rate was 10 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties had positivity rates of 9 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 90,966 cases and 1,181 deaths; Pinellas has 53,445 cases and 1,178 deaths; Polk has 44,755 cases and 891 deaths; Manatee has 25,743 cases and 461 deaths; Pasco has 26,344 cases and 452 deaths; Hernando has 8,791 cases and 315 deaths; and Citrus has 7,803 cases and 310 deaths.

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