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Florida adds 1,700 coronavirus cases Monday, one year since first reported cases

Morton Plant Hospital, which has the largest ICU capacity in Pinellas County, had no ICU beds available as of Monday afternoon.
Florida added 1,700 coronavirus cases Monday.
Florida added 1,700 coronavirus cases Monday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published Mar. 1
Updated Mar. 1

On March 1, 2020, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the first two coronavirus cases had been identified in Florida. One year later, the number of cases has grown to just under 2 million total infections.

The Florida Department of Health announced 1,700 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections to 1,910,921. The weekly average number of cases fell to about 5,428 per day.

The number of tests processed Sunday dropped steeply, with about 34,000 processed. The state had a single-day positivity rate of 6.32 percent.

Another 150 deaths were announced in Florida, raising the death toll to 31,556. The weekly average of coronavirus deaths dropped slightly to about 137 announced per day.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 3,034,636 people in Florida have been vaccinated against COVID-19, an increase of 16,975 from the day prior. Of that total, more than half have been fully immunized.

In Hillsborough County, 146,019 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 146,237; in Polk, 72,357; in Manatee, 55,752; in Pasco, 66,891; in Hernando, 25,239; and in Citrus, 25,473.

Hospitalization: About 3,700 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 760 patients are in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 24 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds were available.

Morton Plant Hospital, which has the largest ICU capacity in Pinellas County, had no ICU beds available as of Monday afternoon.

Cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 87 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 6 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 21 states that fails to meet the World Health Organization’s recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.

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

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 362 coronavirus cases and 21 deaths Monday.

Pinellas County added 10 deaths, Citrus added five, Manatee added three, Hillsborough added two and Polk added one. Pasco and Hernando counties did not report any new deaths.

Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco counties have the highest average weekly positivity rate at 7 percent. Citrus, Manatee and Polk counties follow at 6 percent and Pinellas at 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 111,550 cases and 1,522 deaths; Pinellas has 66,646 cases and 1,464 deaths; Polk has 57,150 cases and 1,148 deaths; Manatee has 31,962 cases and 604 deaths; Pasco has 33,426 cases and 655 deaths; Hernando has 11,310 cases and 403 deaths; and Citrus has 9,763 cases and 407 deaths.

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