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Florida adds 5,214 coronavirus cases, 105 deaths Friday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,523 infections and 93 deaths per day this week.
Florida's positivity rate was about 5.9 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida's positivity rate was about 5.9 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Mar. 12, 2021|Updated Mar. 12, 2021

Florida reported 5,214 coronavirus cases and 105 deaths Friday, bringing the total number of reported statewide deaths to 32,744.

The state has seen 1,967,865 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,523 infections and 93 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 105,000 tests on Thursday, with a daily positivity rate of about 4.9 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 4,031,776 people, according to Friday’s report, with 42,608 people receiving their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday and 38,386 completing a vaccine series. So far, 2,151,164 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 1,827,988 people have received just one dose. A total of 52,624 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 212,757 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 190,075; in Pasco, 89,503; in Manatee, 82,992; in Polk, 105,381; in Hernando, 31,803; and in Citrus, 34,205.

Hospitalizations: As of Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,115 patients for COVID-19, including 684 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 249 new admissions Friday, including 42 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 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 5.9 percent Friday, 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 32 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 989 cases and 24 deaths Friday.

Hernando County added seven deaths, while Pinellas County added six. Manatee and Citrus counties added four deaths each. Hillsborough reported three deaths. There were no new deaths in Pasco or Polk counties.

Hillsborough and Hernando counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 7 percent as of Friday. Pasco, Polk and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent. Pinellas and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 115,087 cases and 1,571 deaths, Pinellas has 68,744 cases and 1,501 deaths, Polk has 58,691 cases and 1,200 deaths, Manatee has 33,076 cases and 635 deaths, Pasco has 34,495 cases and 674 deaths, Hernando has 11,773 cases and 435 deaths, and Citrus has 9,973 cases and 419 deaths.

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