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Florida adds 6,640 coronavirus cases, 140 deaths Thursday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,080 infections and 147 deaths per day this week
Florida's positivity rate was about 6.7 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida's positivity rate was about 6.7 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Feb. 25
Updated Feb. 25

Florida reported 6,640 coronavirus cases and 140 deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths statewide since March to 31,018.

There have been 1,892,301 COVID-19 infections in Florida over the course of the pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,080 infections and 147 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 125,000 tests on Wednesday, with a daily positivity rate of 5.2 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 2,838,326 people, according to Thursday’s report, with 24,499 people receiving their first dose on Wednesday and 19,938 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,539,770 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,298,556 people have received just one dose.

In Hillsborough County, 138,140 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 137,975; in Pasco, 61,785; in Manatee, 49,802; in Polk, 66,149; in Hernando, 22,688; and in Citrus, 24,172.

Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,957 patients for COVID-19, including 817 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 281 new admissions Thursday, including 49 admissions locally.

About 20 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.7 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 26 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,210 cases and 24 deaths Thursday.

Hillsborough County reported15 deaths. Citrus added four deaths and Hernando added three. Pinellas and Manatee counties added one death each. There were no new deaths in Pasco County. Polk County removed two deaths from its count, meaning the deaths were not coronavirus-related or the people who died were not residents.

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

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As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 110,485 cases and 1,501 deaths, Pinellas has 65,937 cases and 1,446 deaths, Polk has 56,583 cases and 1,139 deaths, Manatee has 31,579 cases and 585 deaths, Pasco has 33,035 cases and 647 deaths, Hernando has 11,179 cases and 402 deaths, and Citrus has 9,687 cases and 398 deaths.

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