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Florida adds 7,486 coronavirus cases, 145 deaths Saturday

The state’s daily average caseload is continuing to decline. Florida’s positivity rate stood at 9 percent.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 8,252 infections and 180 deaths per day this week.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 8,252 infections and 180 deaths per day this week. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Feb. 6
Updated Feb. 6

Florida reported 7,486 coronavirus cases and 145 deaths Saturday, bringing the death toll statewide to 28,058.

Since March, the state has seen 1,771,359 infections.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 8,252 infections and 180 deaths per day this week, as the daily average caseload continues to drop. 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 state health department processed more than 118,000 tests Friday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.25 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 1,951,940 people, according to Saturday’s report, with 69,578 people vaccinated on Friday. So far, 627,235 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,324,705 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 90,298 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 90,573; in Pasco, 38,403; in Manatee, 32,370; in Polk, 40,933; in Hernando, 16,227; and in Citrus, 16,529.

Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 5,376 patients for COVID-19, including 1,040 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 301 new admissions Saturday, including 73 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide as of Friday. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Saturday, 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.

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

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,297 cases and seven deaths Saturday.

Citrus County added six deaths and Pinellas County added one death. Hillsborough County removed two deaths from its count, while Pasco County removed one death, meaning either the deaths were not coronavirus-related or the people who died were not residents.

There were no new deaths reported in Hernando, Manatee or Polk counties.

Citrus County had a weekly average positivity rate of 10 percent, while Polk County had a positivity rate of 9 percent. Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties all had positivity rates of 7 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was 6 percent and Manatee County’s positivity rate was 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 103,297 cases and 1,365 deaths; Pinellas has 61,344 cases and 1,343 deaths; Polk has 52,275 cases and 1,015 deaths; Manatee has 29,323 cases and 513 deaths; Pasco has 30,536 cases and 582 deaths; Hernando has 10,267 cases and 357 deaths; and Citrus has 8,994 cases and 364 deaths.

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