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Florida adds 11,914 coronavirus cases, 145 deaths Wednesday

On average, the health department has reported 11,934 infections and 172 deaths per day this week
Florida reported 11,914 coronavirus cases and 145 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since March to 1.6 million.
Florida reported 11,914 coronavirus cases and 145 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since March to 1.6 million. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 20
Updated Jan. 20

Florida reported 11,914 coronavirus cases and 145 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of cases since March to 1.6 million.

The death toll has reached 24,965 statewide, according to the Florida Department of Health.

On average, the health department has reported 11,934 infections and 172 deaths per 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.

Vaccinations: As of Wednesday, 1,122,405 people had been vaccinated in Florida, with 32,842 shots administered Tuesday. So far, 111,188 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,011,217 people have received just one dose. While past reports have listed the number of people overdue for their second dose, Wednesday’s report did not include these details.

In Hillsborough County, 53,111 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 49,733; in Pasco, 19,835; in Manatee, 17,539; in Polk, 20,693; in Hernando, 9,764; and in Citrus, 8,587.

Hospitalizations: Florida hospitals are currently treating 7,147 patients for COVID-19, including 1,413 people in the Tampa Bay region, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The health department reported 471 new admissions Wednesday, including 111 admissions locally.

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 positivity rate was 10.85 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

According to the state health department, Florida’s daily positivity rate was 10.73 percent Tuesday.

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.

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

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,812 cases and 33 deaths Wednesday.

Polk County added 14 deaths, while Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties added four deaths each. Manatee and Citrus counties added three each. Hillsborough added one death.

Polk County’s weekly average positivity rate was 11 percent, while Pasco and Hillsborough counties had positivity rates of 10 percent. Hernando’s positivity rate was 9 percent. Citrus and Manatee counties reported weekly average positivity rates of 8 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was 7 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 94,012 cases and 1,207 deaths; Pinellas has 55,241 cases and 1,215 deaths; Polk has 46,486 cases and 916 deaths; Manatee has 26,602 cases and 471 deaths; Pasco has 27,367 cases and 476 deaths; Hernando has 9,127 cases and 330 deaths; and Citrus has 8,036 cases and 321 deaths.

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