Florida reported 7,515 coronavirus cases and 118 deaths on Saturday. The total number of deaths since March now stands at 29,179.
There have been 1,821,937 infections reported statewide during the course of the pandemic.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 7,225 infections and 160 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 114,866 tests on Friday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.4 percent.
Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 2,293,883 people according to Saturday’s report, with 25,136 people receiving their first dose on Friday and 31,842 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,028,315 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,265,568 people have received just one dose.
In Hillsborough County, 109,195 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 101,842; in Pasco, 46,664; in Manatee, 38,712; in Polk, 49,114; in Hernando, 18,719; and in Citrus, 19,169.
Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 4,123 patients for COVID-19, including 922 people in the Tampa Bay region.
The health department reported 261 new admissions Saturday, including 42 admissions locally.
About 21 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 7.2 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.
The District of Columbia and 24 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,356 cases and eight deaths Saturday.
Polk County had a positivity rate of 7.51 percent and Hillsborough reported 7.14 percent. Hernando had a positivity rate of 6.6 percent, while Citrus County reported a positivity rate of 6.4 percent. Pasco and Manatee County each had a positivity rate of about 5.4 percent, while Pinellas County’s positivity rate was 4.73 percent.
The state reported six new deaths in Polk County and two in Pasco. There were no new deaths reported in Hillsborough, Manatee, Hernando and Citrus counties. Pinellas County subtracted one death from its count.
As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 106,060 cases and 1,411 deaths; Pinellas has 63,023 cases and 1,384 deaths; Polk has 54,235 cases and 1,064 deaths; Manatee has 30,256 cases and 555 deaths; Pasco has 31,508 cases and 608 deaths; Hernando has 10,634 cases and 372 deaths; and Citrus has 9,287 cases and 364 deaths.
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