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Florida adds 238 coronavirus deaths, 7,000+ cases Tuesday

The state’s weekly death average increased while the coronavirus case average decreased.
Florida added more than 7,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday.
Florida added more than 7,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Feb. 9, 2021|Updated Feb. 9, 2021

Florida added 7,023 coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections tracked to 1,790,743.

The weekly coronavirus case average decreased to about 7,586 cases announced per day. On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health also announced 238 additional deaths from the virus. Across the state, 28,526 people have died.

The weekly death average increased Tuesday to about 180 people announced dead per day.

On Monday the state processed about 122,000 coronavirus tests, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 6.93 percent.

Vaccinations: Across Florida, 2,057,154 people have been vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 40,863 from the day prior. Miami-Dade is the only county with more than 200,000 people vaccinated, closely followed by Palm Beach.

In Hillsborough, 97,062 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 94,550; in Polk, 43,443; in Manatee, 33,438; in Pasco, 40,429; in Hernando, 16,627; and in Citrus, 16,775.

The majority of people vaccinated have only received their first dose, but 756,334 are fully immunized.

Hospitalizations: About 5,300 people across Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 1,050 are in the Tampa Bay area.

Around 20 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 18 percent of its intensive care unit beds were available. Locally, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of ICU beds were open.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the area’s largest hospital, Tampa General, had only one of its 97 ICU beds available. In all of Hernando County, only three ICU beds of a total 63 were available.

The number of cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 353 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 8 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 29 states that does not meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a rate of 5 percent or below before loosening movement restrictions.

When positivity is too high, it indicates only the sickest people in a community may be getting tested and that testing levels are too low to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,213 coronavirus cases and 49 deaths Tuesday.

Twenty two reported deaths were in Polk County, 13 came from Pasco, 12 were in Hillsborough and two were in Citrus. One death in Pinellas removed one death from its count, meaning the death was not coronavirus-related or the person who died was not a resident. No new deaths were reported in Hernando or Manatee counties.

Citrus County leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of about 10 percent, followed by Polk at 9 percent, Hernando at 8 percent, Hillsborough and Pasco at 7 percent and Manatee and Pinellas at 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 104,210 cases and 1,386 deaths; Pinellas has 61,950 cases and 1,356 deaths; Polk has 53,005 cases and 1,037 deaths; Manatee has 29,690 cases and 517 deaths; Pasco has 30,883 cases and 597 deaths; Hernando has 10,393 cases and 359 deaths; and Citrus has 9,082 cases and 367 deaths.

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