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Florida adds 5,140 coronavirus cases, 54 deaths Friday

Tampa Bay added 905 cases and 16 deaths. The state is on the verge of surpassing 2 million infections.
The state will likely reach the 2 million COVID-19 cases milestone over the weekend, with a grand total of 1,999,257 reported cases as of Friday.
The state will likely reach the 2 million COVID-19 cases milestone over the weekend, with a grand total of 1,999,257 reported cases as of Friday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published Mar. 19
Updated Mar. 19

Florida reported 5,140 coronavirus cases and 54 deaths Friday, bringing the total number of reported statewide deaths to 33,273.

The state will likely reach the 2 million COVID-19 cases milestone over the weekend. The total number of reported cases since the start of the year-long pandemic stood at 1,999,257 as of Friday.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,489 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 121,657 tests on Thursday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.4 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 4,710,033 people, according to Friday’s report. There were 54,558 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday and 32,936 completing a vaccine series. So far, 2,617,095 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,092,938 people have received just one dose. A total of 138,419 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 255,183 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 229,449; in Pasco, 107,381; in Manatee, 98,819; in Polk, 128,276; in Hernando, 38,696; and in Citrus, 38,382.

Hospitalizations: As of Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,917 patients for COVID-19, including 623 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 200 new admissions Friday, including 53 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.6 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 30 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 905 cases and 16 deaths Friday.

Polk County added 10 deaths Friday. Hillsborough added three. Pinellas County added two deaths and Pasco added one. There were no new deaths in Citrus, Hernando and Manatee counties.

Hillsborough County had a weekly average positivity rates of about 7 percent as of Friday. Pasco and Hernando counties had rate of 5 percent. Polk and Manatee counties had positivity rates around 6 percent. Citrus and Pinellas had a rate of 4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 117,406 cases and 1,596 deaths, Pinellas has 69,829 cases and 1,542 deaths, Polk has 59,542 cases and 1,228 deaths, Manatee has 33,670 cases and 642 deaths, Pasco has 35,136 cases and 687 deaths, Hernando has 11,976 cases and 441 deaths, and Citrus has 10,097 cases and 423 deaths.

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