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Florida reports 3,615 coronavirus cases Monday, 159 deaths

Monday’s coronavirus report had the lowest caseloads recorded in several months.
Florida added 3,615 coronavirus cases Monday.
Florida added 3,615 coronavirus cases Monday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published Feb. 15
Updated Feb. 15

Florida added 3,615 coronavirus cases Monday, the lowest single-day record reported since late October, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The number of tests processed Sunday also dropped significantly, with about 66,000 processed. The tests resulted in a single-day positivity rate of 6.83 percent.

Since March, 1,830,988 coronavirus cases have been tracked. The weekly case average decreased Monday to about 6,753 cases announced per day.

The health department also announced 159 additional deaths from the virus, bringing the total number of people dead statewide up to 29,434. The weekly death average increased to 164 people announced dead per day.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 2,387,350 people in Florida have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, an increase of 31,558 from the day prior.

Just under half of everyone vaccinated has received both doses of the vaccine and are considered fully immunized.

In Hillsborough, 112,786 people have received a vaccine; in Pinellas, 106,704; in Polk, 53,546; in Manatee, 40,815; in Pasco, 48,381; in Hernando, 19,341; and in Citrus, 19,903.

Hospitalizations: About 4,675 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 915 are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.

About 23 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 22 percent of intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds were available.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 117 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 7 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 23 states that does not meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening distancing restrictions.

When the positivity rate is too high, it indicates there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 742 coronavirus cases and eight deaths Monday.

Five deaths were reported in Hillsborough County and one each was reported in Citrus, Pinellas and Polk counties. No new deaths were reported in Manatee, Pasco or Hernando counties.

Polk, Hernando and Citrus counties have the highest average weekly positivity rate at 8 percent. Hillsborough and Pasco follow at 7 percent, Manatee at 6 percent and Pinellas at 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 106,661 cases and 1,418 deaths; Pinellas has 63,326 cases and 1,385 deaths; Polk has 54,573 cases and 1,065 deaths; Manatee has 30,384 cases and 555 deaths; Pasco has 31,744 cases and 608 deaths; Hernando has 10,703 cases and 372 deaths; and Citrus has 9,347 cases and 365 deaths.

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