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Florida adds 5,000+ coronavirus cases, 154 deaths Tuesday

Florida also recorded 314 additional coronavirus hospitalizations.
Florida added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday.
Florida added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases Tuesday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Feb. 23, 2021
Updated Feb. 23, 2021

Florida recorded 5,610 coronavirus cases Tuesday, bringing the total number of infections tracked since March to 1,878,533.

The weekly case average decreased to about 5,893 cases announced per day.

Florida processed about 100,000 tests Monday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 6.5 percent.

On Tuesday, the Florida Department of Health also announced 154 additional deaths from the virus. In Florida, there have been 30,749 total deaths. The weekly average decreased Tuesday to about 156 people announced dead per day.

Vaccinations: As of Tuesday, 2,748,495 people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus, with 1,440,393 of them having received both shots.

The number of people vaccinated increased by 49,904.

In Hillsborough, 133,570 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 132,729; in Polk, 64,614; in Manatee, 48,785; in Pasco, 60,040; in Hernando, 21,992; and in Citrus, 23,419.

Hospitalizations: About 4,200 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 830 patients are in the Tampa Bay area.

About 21 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of intensive care unit beds were available in Florida. Locally, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of ICU beds were available.

Cases that resulted in a hospital visit increased by 314 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 7 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 25 states that fails to meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.

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

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,006 coronavirus cases and 24 deaths Tuesday.

Ten deaths were recorded in Hillsborough County, eight in Polk, five in Pasco and one in Pinellas County. Two deaths in Manatee were reclassified, which indicates that the people who died were not residents or their deaths were determined to have been caused by something other than COVID-19. No new deaths were reported in Citrus and Hernando counties.

Hernando County leads the area with a 9 percent average weekly positivity rate, followed by Hillsborough and Pasco counties at 8 percent, Citrus and Polk at 7 percent and Pinellas and Manatee at 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 109,527 cases and 1,481 deaths; Pinellas has 65,375 cases and 1,443 deaths; Polk has 56,153 cases and 1,124 deaths; Manatee has 31,314 cases and 583 deaths; Pasco has 32,754 cases and 642 deaths; Hernando has 11,082 cases and 398 deaths; Citrus has 9,606 cases and 389 deaths.

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