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Florida adds 5,117 coronavirus cases, 166 deaths Thursday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 6,134 infections and 160 deaths per day this week.
Florida's positivity rate was 6.9 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida's positivity rate was 6.9 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Feb. 18
Updated Feb. 18

Florida reported 5,117 coronavirus cases and 166 deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths statewide since March to 29,990.

There have been 1,849,744 COVID-19 infections in Florida over the course of the pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 6,134 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 79,000 tests on Wednesday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.4 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 2,551,882 people according to Thursday’s report, with 22,105 people receiving their first dose on Wednesday and 22,055 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,232,083 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,319,799 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 120,583 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 117,613; in Pasco, 55,411; in Manatee, 43,405; in Polk, 58,621; in Hernando, 21,332; and in Citrus, 21,400.

Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 4,368 patients for COVID-19, including 878 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 301 new admissions Thursday, including 56 admissions locally.

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

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was 6.9 percent Thursday, 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 27 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 968 cases and 47 deaths Thursday.

Pinellas County added 12 deaths while Hillsborough added 11. Polk County added seven deaths and Hernando added six. Manatee and Pasco counties added four deaths each. Citrus added three.

Hillsborough, Citrus, Polk and Hernando counties had positivity rates of 8 percent. Pasco County was at 7 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties had positivity rates of 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 107,806 cases and 1,454 deaths, Pinellas has 64,099 cases and 1,410 deaths, Polk has 55,269 cases and 1,102 deaths, Manatee has 30,763 cases and 576 deaths, Pasco has 32,152 cases and 629 deaths, Hernando has 10,855 cases and 389 deaths, and Citrus has 9,479 cases and 379 deaths.

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