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Florida adds 5,737 coronavirus cases, 127 deaths Monday

The state’s weekly coronavirus death average decreased Monday while the case average remained mostly the same.
Florida added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases Monday.
Florida added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases Monday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published Feb. 8
Updated Feb. 8

Florida added 5,737 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections tracked statewide to 1,783,720.

The Florida Department of Health also announced 127 deaths from the virus. The weekly death average decreased to about 166 people announced dead per day. Across Florida, 28,288 people have died from COVID-19.

The weekly average caseload was about 8,088 infections identified per day.

The health department processed about 92,000 coronavirus tests on Sunday, resulting in a single day positivity rate of 7.37 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida surpassed administering two million vaccinations on Monday, just about two months after the first vaccines arrived in the state.

The number of people vaccinated increased by 22,325 from Sunday. In total, 2,016,291 have been vaccinated in Florida. Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Broward counties lead the state with the most people immunized.

In Hillsborough, 94,500 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 92,480; in Polk, 42,702; in Manatee, 33,003; in Pasco, 39,315; in Hernando, 16,556; and in Citrus, 16,712.

Hospitalizations: Statewide, about 5,380 people were hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,040 were in the Tampa Bay area.

Twenty three percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 20 percent of its intensive care unit beds were available as of Monday. Locally, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of ICU beds were available. The largest area hospital, Tampa General, had only two of its 96 total ICU beds open as of Monday afternoon.

The number of cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 133 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 8 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 30 states that does not meet the World Health Organization’s recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening social distancing restrictions.

When positivity is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases. When these mild cases go undetected, they continue to spread through the community and increase the burden of disease.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 873 coronavirus cases and 22 deaths Monday.

Ten deaths were identified in Pinellas County, six each were in Hillsborough and Hernando and Manatee and Pasco counties each reported two deaths. No new deaths were reported in Citrus and Polk counties.

Citrus County leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of about 11 percent, followed by Hernando and Polk at 9 percent, Hillsborough and Pasco at 7 percent and Manatee and Pinellas at 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 103,835 coronavirus cases and 1,374 deaths; Pinellas has 61,730 cases and 1,357 deaths; Polk has 52,731 cases and 1,105 deaths; Manatee has 29,547 cases and 517 deaths; Pasco has 30,749 cases and 584 deaths; Hernando has 10,350 cases and 359 deaths; and Citrus has 9,058 cases and 365 deaths.

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