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Florida adds 4,791 coronavirus cases, 102 deaths Tuesday

The state has reported about 4,526 infections and 83 deaths per day this week on average.
The state has recorded 1,984,425 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.
The state has recorded 1,984,425 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Mar. 16
Updated Mar. 16

Florida reported 4,791 coronavirus cases and 102 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of reported statewide deaths to 33,061.

The state has recorded 1,984,425 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,526 infections and 83 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 81,222 tests on Monday, with a daily positivity rate of about six percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 4,338,099 people, according to Tuesday’s report, with 30,795 people receiving their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 29,464 completing a vaccine series. So far, 2,321,008 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 1,906,559 people have received just one dose. A total of 110,532 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 229,678 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 205,196; in Pasco, 96,618; in Manatee, 90,571; in Polk, 115,607; in Hernando, 34,323; and in Citrus, 35,635.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,052 patients for COVID-19, including 671 in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 285 new admissions Tuesday, including 49 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate for the past week was about 5.8 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 32 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 906 cases and 35 deaths Tuesday.

Hillsborough County led the region with 397 new cases of the coronavirus reported Tuesday, followed by Pinellas with 142 cases. Polk and Manatee counties reported 120 and 119 new cases respectively, while Pasco added 90. Hernando County reported 20 new cases, followed by Citrus with 18.

Pasco was the only county in the region to report no new deaths Tuesday. Manatee and Hernando counties each reported one new death, while Citrus reported two. Pinellas and Polk counties added 10 deaths each, and Hillsborough had the most deaths in the region with 11.

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Citrus County had the lowest positivity rate Tuesday at 3.2 percent, while Hernando was close behind with a rate of four percent. Pinellas had a positivity rate of 5.2 percent, Polk reported a rate of 6.4 percent and Pasco 6.7 percent. Manatee County had a positivity rate of 7.9, followed by a rate of 9.2 in Hillsborough County.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 116,309 cases and 1586 deaths, Pinellas has 69,334 cases and 1,538 deaths, Polk has 59,111 cases and 1,213 deaths, Manatee has 33,386 cases and 642 deaths, Pasco has 34,868 cases and 678 deaths, Hernando has 11,877 cases and 436 deaths, and Citrus has 10,035 cases and 422 deaths.

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