Florida adds 8,720 coronavirus cases, 156 deaths Monday

Tampa Bay added 1,345 coronavirus cases and 43 deaths Monday.
Florida added more than 8,000 coronavirus cases Monday.
Florida added more than 8,000 coronavirus cases Monday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published Jan. 25, 2021|Updated Jan. 25, 2021

Florida added 8,720 coronavirus cases and 156 deaths Monday, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Since March, the state has identified 1,658,169 cases of the virus. About 11,270 cases are announced per day, based on the rolling weekly average.

About 109,000 tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a daily positivity rate of 9.56 percent.

Health officials have also tracked a total of 25,849 deaths statewide due to COVID-19. The weekly death average increased slightly to about 170 people announced dead per day.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 1,407,411 people in Florida have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, an increase of 27,909 from the day prior.

In Hillsborough, 61,068 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 61,464; in Polk, 27,124; in Manatee, 21,773; in Pasco, 24,428; in Hernando, 11,812; and in Citrus, 11,416.

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties continue to lead the state in most people vaccinated with more than 100,000 people vaccinated.

Hospitalizations: Statewide, about 6,900 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,350 are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.

About 21 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 19 percent of its intensive care unit beds were available as of Monday afternoon. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of ICU beds were open. Some of the largest area hospitals, including Morton Plant Hospital and Tampa General Hospital, had only a handful of ICU beds available.

Cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 168 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 10 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 41 states that surpass the World Health Organization’s recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening restrictions.

When positivity is too high, it indicates there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases. When cases go undetected they spread further through the community and widen infection.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,345 coronavirus cases and 43 deaths Monday.

Pinellas County reported 29 deaths, Hillsborough reported 13 and Manatee reported one. Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Polk counties did not report any new deaths Monday.

Citrus, Hillsborough and Polk have the highest average weekly positivity rate at 11 percent. Pasco and Hernando follow at 10 percent. Manatee and Pinellas are at 8 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 97,288 cases and 1,260 deaths; Pinellas has 57,197 cases and 1,262 deaths; Polk has 48,371 cases and 936 deaths; Manatee has 27,464 cases and 495 deaths; Pasco has 28,466 cases and 500 deaths; Hernando has 9,548 cases and 331 deaths; and Citrus has 8,334 cases and 332 deaths.

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