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Florida adds 8,000 coronavirus cases; 28 deaths reported in Hillsborough

Hillsborough County recorded 28 of the 42 new deaths reported in the Tampa Bay region.
Florida added 8,000 coronavirus cases and 142 deaths Monday.
Florida added 8,000 coronavirus cases and 142 deaths Monday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published Jan. 18, 2021|Updated Jan. 18, 2021

Florida counted just more than 8,000 coronavirus cases and 142 deaths Monday, inching the state closer to 25,000 dead from the virus.

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.

Since the pandemic’s start in March, more than 1.5 million people have been infected. Nearly 70,000 have been hospitalized.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, Florida had vaccinated 1,007,716 people against the coronavirus. Most have received only their first dose, but more than 90,000 have completed two doses.

In Hillsborough, 49,246 people had 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. Those counts are based on the latest vaccination update released by the state reported on Sunday.

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

Statewide, about 21 percent of regular hospital beds and 11 percent of intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of regular beds and about 19 percent of ICU beds were open.

Some large bay area hospitals, like Mease Countryside Hospital in Clearwater and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, had only a few ICU beds left.

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 1,435 coronavirus cases and 42 deaths Sunday.

The most deaths, 28, were reported by Hillsborough County. Pinellas saw nine deaths, Manatee had four and Citrus counted one.

According to the latest count, Hillsborough has 92,891 cases and 1,211 deaths; Pinellas has 54,529 cases and 1,193 deaths; Polk has 45,853cases and 898 deaths; Manatee has 26,175 cases and 468 deaths; Pasco has 27,006 cases and 458 deaths; Hernando has 9,020 cases and 316 deaths; and Citrus has 7,929 cases and 311 deaths.

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