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Florida adds 9,594 coronavirus cases and 231 deaths Tuesday

Pasco County added 22 deaths, a daily record for the county which has reported 522 deaths in total.
Florida added 9,594 coronavirus cases and 231 deaths Tuesday, according to the Florida Department of Heath.
Florida added 9,594 coronavirus cases and 231 deaths Tuesday, according to the Florida Department of Heath. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Jan. 26, 2021|Updated Jan. 26, 2021

Florida added 9,594 coronavirus cases and 231 deaths Tuesday, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have now been 26,080 people who have died from the coronavirus in Florida since March. The coronavirus has infected just over 1.6 million people throughout the state in that same time frame, which equates to nearly one in every 13 people.

Tuesday was the third day in a row the health department reported under 10,000 new cases in a 24-hour period.

On average, health officials have reported 11,238 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 1,446,580 people, according to Tuesday’s report, with 31,270 people vaccinated Monday. So far, 175,841 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,622,421 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 64,209 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 63,916; in Pasco, 25,341; in Manatee, 22,153; in Polk, 27,953; in Hernando, 11,988; and in Citrus, 11,537.

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 10.3 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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 1,563 cases and 73 deaths Tuesday. Pasco County reported 22 deaths in a 24-hour period, a daily record. The county hasn’t reported that many deaths since July 30.

Pasco County added 22 deaths, while Polk County added 13. Pinellas County reported 11 deaths and Hillsborough recorded eight deaths. Hernando County added seven deaths, Citrus County had six and Manatee had five people die from the virus.

Hernando County had a weekly average positivity rate of 14.7 percent. Polk County had a positivity rate of 11.4 percent, followed by Citrus and Hillsborough counties, which are roughly 11 percent. Manatee and Pasco counties had a weekly average of just above 9 percent.

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As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 97,809 cases and 1,268 deaths; Pinellas has 57,493 cases and 1,273 deaths; Polk has 48,656 cases and 949 deaths; Manatee has 27,641 cases and 500 deaths; Pasco has 28,624 cases and 522 deaths; Hernando has 9,610 cases and 339 deaths; and Citrus has 8,398 cases and 33 deaths.

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