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Florida adds 4,426 coronavirus cases, 132 deaths Tuesday

The state has tracked 1,952,733 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.2 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.2 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Times ]
Published Mar. 9, 2021|Updated Mar. 9, 2021

Florida reported 4,426 coronavirus cases and 132 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of reported statewide deaths to 32,481.

The state has tracked 1,952,733 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,948 infections and 112 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 76,799 tests on Monday, with a daily positivity rate of about 5.87 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 3,658,030 people, according to Tuesday’s report, with 33,679 people receiving their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 15,445 getting both. So far, 1,965,940 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 1,692,090 people have received just one dose. A total of 17,497 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 182,365 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 175,649; in Pasco, 81,522; in Manatee, 72,492; in Polk, 95,150; in Hernando, 28,641; and in Citrus, 31,672.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,310 patients for COVID-19, including 681 people in the Tampa Bay region, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration.

The health department reported 326 new admissions Tuesday, including 57 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 6.2 percent Tuesday, 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 734 cases and 56 deaths Tuesday.

Hillsborough County added 20 deaths, while Hernando reported 16. Manatee County added 11 deaths, followed by Polk with six and Pasco with two. There was just one new death in Pinellas County, while Citrus County subtracted four reported deaths from its total on Tuesday. That subtraction means those four people were not residents of Citrus County or their deaths were determined to be caused by something other than COVID-19.

Citrus County reported a positive rate of 5.3 percent Monday, followed by Pinellas at 5.9 percent and Polk at 5.7. Hernando County reported a positivity rate of 6.1 percent, Pasco County 6.2 and Manatee County 6.4. Hillsborough County had the highest positivity rate at 6.7 percent.

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As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 114,061 cases and 1,575 deaths, Pinellas has 68,085 cases and 1,496 deaths, Polk has 58,306 cases and 1,190 deaths, Manatee has 32,799 cases and 635 deaths, Pasco has 34,178 cases and 673 deaths, Hernando has 11,670 cases and 425 deaths, and Citrus has 9,911 cases and 413 deaths.

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