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Florida adds 4,690 coronavirus cases, 107 deaths Saturday

The state has reported, on average, about 5,316 infections and 151 deaths per day this week.
Florida's positivity rate was about 6.3 percent Saturday.
Florida's positivity rate was about 6.3 percent Saturday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Mar. 6
Updated Mar. 6

Florida reported 4,690 coronavirus cases and 107 deaths Saturday, bringing the total number of reported statewide deaths to 32,200.

The state has seen 1,940,897 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,316 infections and 151 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 95,406 tests on Friday, with a daily positivity rate of about 4.9 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 3,462,520 people, according to Saturday’s report, with 41,725 people receiving their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Friday and 21,693 getting both. So far, 1,898,754 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 1,560,206 people have received just one dose. A total of 3,560 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 167,376 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 168,673; in Pasco, 76,557; in Manatee, 70,303; in Polk, 86,268; in Hernando, 28,092; and in Citrus, 28,566.

Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,352 patients for COVID-19, including 684 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 243 new admissions Saturday, including 32 admissions locally.

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

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.3 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 31 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 878 cases and 18 deaths Saturday.

Polk County added 10 deaths, while Manatee County reported three deaths. Hillsborough and Pinellas counties added two deaths each. There was one new death in Citrus County. Hernando and Pasco counties did not record any new deaths.

Citrus County reported a positive rate of 3.2 percent Friday, followed by Pinellas at 4.1 percent and Manatee at 5. Pasco County reported a positivity rate of 5.5 percent, Hillsborough 5.6 and Polk 5.8. Hernando County had the highest positivity rate at 9.4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 113,332 cases and 1,555 deaths, Pinellas has 67,717 cases and 1,488 deaths, Polk has 58,008 cases and 1,182 deaths, Manatee has 32,553 cases and 621 deaths, Pasco has 33,975 cases and 670 deaths, Hernando has 11,583 cases and 408 deaths, and Citrus has 9,863 cases and 415 deaths.

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