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Florida adds 12,000+ coronavirus cases, 156 deaths Saturday

This week, the state reported an average of 11,390 infections and 169 deaths per day.
Saturday's coronavirus report card: vaccinations, cases, hospitalizations and deaths
Saturday's coronavirus report card: vaccinations, cases, hospitalizations and deaths [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Jan. 23
Updated Jan. 23

Florida added 12,311 coronavirus cases and 156 deaths Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths to 25,561.

Since March, more than 1.6 million people have been infected with the virus in the state.

On average, the health department has reported 11,390 infections and 169 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: Florida has vaccinated 1,328,175 people, according to Saturday’s report, with 37,364 people vaccinated Friday. So far, 151,447 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,176,728 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 59,485 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 59,569; in Pasco, 23,464; in Manatee, 20,771; in Polk, 25,947; in Hernando, 11,372; and in Citrus, 9,998.

Hospitalizations: Florida hospitals are currently treating 6,698 patients for COVID-19, including 1,319 people in the Tampa Bay region, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The health department reported 270 new admissions Saturday, including 45 admissions locally.

About 20 percent of hospital beds and 16 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 15 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was 11.1 percent Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. The state’s daily positivity rate was 6.54 percent Friday, according to health officials.

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.

Eight states, Guam and the District of Columbia currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,289 cases and 51 deaths Saturday.

Hillsborough County added 13 deaths, while Pasco County added 12. Pinellas County reported 11 deaths and Polk recorded eight deaths. Citrus County added 7 deaths. There were no new deaths in Manatee County. Hernando County removed one death from its count, meaning either the death was not coronavirus-related or the person who died was not a resident.

Polk and Hillsborough counties had weekly average positivity rates of 11 percent. Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties each had positivity rates of 10 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about 8 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 96,338 cases and 1,242 deaths; Pinellas has 56,564 cases and 1,229 deaths; Polk has 47,795 cases and 935 deaths; Manatee has 27,224 cases and 491 deaths; Pasco has 28,076 cases and 500 deaths; Hernando has 9,434 cases and 331 deaths; and Citrus has 8,236 cases and 332 deaths.

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