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Florida adds 7,280 coronavirus cases, 125 deaths Saturday

No county in the Tampa Bay area reported a positivity rate below 5 percent.
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Saturday coronavirus report card *** write caption *** [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Feb. 20
Updated Feb. 20

Florida reported 7,280 coronavirus cases and 125 deaths Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths statewide since March to 30,339.

There have been 1,863,707 COVID-19 infections in Florida over the course of the pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported 5,451 infections and 166 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 124,466 tests on Friday, with a daily positivity rate of 5.74 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 2,668,101 people, according to Saturday’s report, with 19,183 people receiving their first dose on Friday and 25,937 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,353,925 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,314,176 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 128,570 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 126,095; in Pasco, 59,002; in Manatee, 44,940; in Polk, 62,854; in Hernando, 21,833; and in Citrus, 23,182.

Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 4,213 patients for COVID-19, including 822 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 250 new admissions Saturday, including 64 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.9 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 25 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,351 cases and 20 deaths Saturday.

Hillsborough and Pasco counties reported one death each on Saturday. Hernando and Citrus both reported two deaths, while Pinellas County reported three. Manatee County reported five deaths while Polk County had the most deaths reported in the region with six.

Hernando County had a positivity rate of 7.5 percent on Saturday, while Citrus and Polk counties both had a rate of 5.14 percent. Manatee County had a rate of 5.8 percent, Hillsborough had 7.41 percent and Pinellas reported a percentage of 6 and Pasco County had a positivity rate of 7 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 108,648 cases and 1,464 deaths, Pinellas has 64,785 cases and 1,427 deaths, Polk has 55,694 cases and 1,115 deaths, Manatee has 31,024 cases and 583 deaths, Pasco has 32,440 cases and 637 deaths, Hernando has 10,957 cases and 393 deaths, and Citrus has 9,551 cases and 385 deaths.

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