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Florida adds 9,500-plus coronavirus cases, 132 deaths Sunday

The average weekly coronavirus cases and deaths both dropped.
Florida added more than 9,500 coronavirus cases Sunday
Florida added more than 9,500 coronavirus cases Sunday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jan. 24, 2021|Updated Jan. 24, 2021

Florida added 9,535 coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the weekly case average down slightly to about 11,167 infections announced per day.

Since the first identified case in March, Florida has seen 1,649,449 cases of the virus. Just under 137,000 tests were processed Saturday, resulting in a daily positivity rate of 8.25 percent.

On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health also announced 132 deaths from the virus, making the number of people dead statewide 25,693. The weekly death average dropped to about 168 people announced dead per day.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, 1,534,816 doses of coronavirus vaccines have been administered in Florida, an increase of 55,194 from the day prior.

About 155,000 people have received both the first and second vaccination against the virus, while the majority have received only the first dose.

In Hillsborough, 60,610 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 60,573; in Polk, 26,659; in Manatee, 21,257; in Pasco, 24,182; in Hernando, 11,640; in Citrus, 10,992.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach lead the state in vaccinations and are the only counties with more than 100,00 people vaccinated, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Hospitalizations: Statewide, just over 6,700 people are in the hospital with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,300 are in the Tampa Bay area.

About 22 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 19 percent of ICU beds are available. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of ICU beds are open. Some of the largest area hospitals, like Tampa General Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital, had only a handful of available ICU beds as of Sunday afternoon.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 182 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 10 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 40 states that doesn’t meet 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 or negative cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,656 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths Sunday.

Five deaths were reported in Hillsborough, four in Pinellas, three in Manatee and one in Polk.

Polk leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of 11 percent, followed by Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco at 10 percent, Manatee at 8 percent and Pinellas at 7 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 96,795 cases and 1,247 deaths; Pinellas has 56,935 cases and 1,233 deaths; Polk has 48,119 cases and 936 deaths; Manatee has 27,381 cases and 494 deaths; Pasco has 28,299 cases and 500 deaths; Hernando has 9,494 cases and 331 deaths; and Citrus has 8,300 cases and 332 deaths.

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