Florida adds 8,408 coronavirus cases, 169 deaths Wednesday

On average, the health department has reported 10,737 infections and 183 deaths per day this week.
Florida reported 8,408 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths Wednesday.
Florida reported 8,408 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths Wednesday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jan. 27, 2021|Updated Jan. 27, 2021

Florida reported 8,408 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths Wednesday, raising the total number of deaths to 26,249.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there have been 1,676,171 infections statewide since March.

On average, the health department has reported 10,737 infections and 183 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.

The Florida Department of Health processed around 81,000 tests Tuesday, with a daily positivity rate of about 10.2 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 1,494,003 people, according to Wednesday’s report, with 38,468 people vaccinated Tuesday. So far, 203,846 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,290,157 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 68,624 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 66,648; in Pasco, 26,093; in Manatee, 22,662; in Polk, 29,716; in Hernando, 12,461; and in Citrus, 12,046.

Hospitalizations: Florida hospitals are currently treating 6,668 patients for COVID-19, including 1,354 people in the Tampa Bay region, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The health department reported 363 new admissions Wednesday, including 83 admissions locally.

About 19 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 16 percent of hospital beds and 14 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was 10.37 percent Wednesday, 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 1,352 cases and 33 deaths Wednesday.

Hillsborough County added 15 deaths and Polk added 11. Pinellas County added six deaths and Hernando added one. There were no new deaths reported in Pasco, Manatee or Citrus counties.

Polk County’s positivity rate was 12 percent, while Citrus and Hernando counties reported positivity rates of 11 percent. Hillsborough and Pasco counties had positivity rates of 10 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties reported positivity rates of 8 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 98,230 cases and 1,283 deaths; Pinellas has 57,774 cases and 1,279 deaths; Polk has 48,974 cases and 960 deaths; Manatee has 27,716 cases and 500 deaths; Pasco has 28,795 cases and 522 deaths; Hernando has 9,662 cases and 340 deaths; and Citrus has 8,432 cases and 338 deaths.

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