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Florida adds 7,342 coronavirus cases, 165 deaths Wednesday

The state is close to passing the 30,000 death mark with a total of 29,824 deaths recorded as of Wednesday.
Florida's positivity rate was about 7 percent Wednesday.
Florida's positivity rate was about 7 percent Wednesday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Feb. 17
Updated Feb. 17

Florida reported 7,342 coronavirus cases and 165 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths statewide since March to 29,824.

There have been 1,844,627 COVID-19 infections in Florida over the course of the pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 6,621 infections and 162 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 113,000 tests on Tuesday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.4 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 2,487,055 people according to Wednesday’s report, with 19,488 people receiving their first dose on Tuesday and 22,188 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,181,166 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,305,889 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 117,411 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 112,952; in Pasco, 52,994; in Manatee, 42,352; in Polk, 56,366; in Hernando, 20,566; and in Citrus, 20,313.

Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, Florida hospitals were treating 4,463 patients for COVID-19, including 883 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 308 new admissions Wednesday, including 67 admissions locally.

About 18 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 14 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was 6.96 percent Wednesday, 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 26 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,496 cases and 60 deaths Wednesday.

Manatee County added 16 deaths, while Hernando and Polk counties added 10 deaths each. Hillsborough and Citrus each reported nine deaths. There were five new deaths in Pasco County and one death added in Pinellas County.

Citrus County’s positivity rate was 9 percent. Hillsborough, Polk and Hernando counties had positivity rates of 8 percent. Manatee and Pasco were at 7 percent. Pinellas County had a positivity rate of 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 107,513 cases and 1,443 deaths, Pinellas has 63,871 cases and 1,398 deaths, Polk has 55,058 cases and 1,095 deaths, Manatee has 30,737 cases and 572 deaths, Pasco has 32,036 cases and 625 deaths, Hernando has 10,807 cases and 383 deaths, and Citrus has 9,433 cases and 376 deaths.

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