Florida reported 7,617 coronavirus cases and 190 deaths Friday. The total number of deaths since March now exceeds 29,000.
There have been 1,814,422 infections statewide over the course of the pandemic.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 7,221 infections and 164 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 health department processed more than 121,000 tests on Thursday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.2 percent.
Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 2,225,304 people according to Friday’s report, with 23,114 people receiving their first dose on Thursday and 36,410 people receiving the second dose. So far, 963,004 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,262,300 people have received just one dose.
In Hillsborough County, 105,738 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 100,805; in Pasco, 44,626; in Manatee, 36,765; in Polk, 47,161; in Hernando, 18,320; and in Citrus, 17,643.
Hospitalizations: As of Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 4,815 patients for COVID-19, including 953 people in the Tampa Bay region.
The health department reported 286 new admissions Friday, including 50 admissions locally.
About 20 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 7 percent Friday, 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.
The District of Columbia and 24 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,470 cases and 49 deaths Friday.
Manatee County added 35 deaths while Hillsborough added nine deaths. Pasco County added five deaths. There were no new deaths in Pinellas, Polk, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Polk County had a positivity rate of 9 percent. Citrus and Hernando counties had positivity rates of 8 percent, while Hillsborough and Pasco were at 7 percent. Manatee County’s positivity rate was 6 percent, while Pinellas County’s positivity rate was just over 5 percent.
As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 105,621 cases and 1,411 deaths; Pinellas has 62,788 cases and 1,385 deaths; Polk has 53,925 cases and 1,058 deaths; Manatee has 30,118 cases and 555 deaths; Pasco has 31,371 cases and 606 deaths; Hernando has 10,572 cases and 372 deaths; and Citrus has 9,252 cases and 364 deaths.
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