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Florida adds 11,000+ coronavirus cases Sunday, 135 deaths

Florida’s seven-day average death toll increased to about 179 deaths per day.
Florida added more than 11,000 coronavirus cases Sunday.
Florida added more than 11,000 coronavirus cases Sunday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jan. 17
Updated Jan. 17

Florida added just over 11,000 coronavirus cases and 135 deaths Sunday as the virus continues to surge through the state.

With the addition of Sunday’s 11,093 cases, Florida has seen 1,571,279 confirmed infections since the first recorded coronavirus case in March. The weekly case average dropped slightly to about 13,467 cases announced per day.

On Saturday, the state processed just over 143,000 coronavirus tests, according to the Florida Department of Health. It resulted in a daily positivity rate of 9.10 percent.

Statewide, 24,515 people have died from the virus. The weekly average for deaths increased to about 179 people announced dead per day. Deaths and hospitalizations lag behind an increase in cases.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, Florida has vaccinated more than a million people against the coronavirus, an increase of 70,086 from the day prior.

The majority of the 1,007,716 people vaccinated have received only their first dose, but about 92,000 have completed the vaccination series.

In Hillsborough, 49,246 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 43,821; in Polk, 18,553; in Manatee, 16,170; in Pasco, 17,846; in Hernando, 8,775; and in Citrus, 7,647.

Miami-Dade is the only county with more than 100,000 people vaccinated and continues to lead the state, followed by Broward and Palm Beach.

Hospitalizations: About 7,400 people across Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. Just under 1,500 are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of ICU beds are available. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of ICU beds are open.

Some large area hospitals, like Tampa General Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, had only a handful of ICU beds available as of Sunday afternoon.

Cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 207 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 11 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 46 states that surpass the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.

When positivity is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases. In the past two weeks, Florida has processed more than 100,000 tests each day.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,023 coronavirus cases and eight deaths Sunday.

Four deaths were recorded in Polk, two were in Pinellas and both Hernando and Manatee recorded one.

Polk leads the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at 12 percent, followed by Pasco and Hillsborough at 11 percent, Citrus and Hernando at 10 percent and Manatee and Pinellas at 8 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 92,438 cases and 1,183 deaths; Pinellas has 54,212 cases and 1,184 deaths; Polk has 45,550 cases and 898 deaths; Manatee has 26,102 cases and 464 deaths; Pasco has 26,798 cases and 458 deaths; Hernando has 8,963 cases and 316 deaths; and Citrus has 7,905 cases and 310 deaths.

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