Florida adds 5,750 coronavirus cases, 167 deaths Friday

The state has vaccinated nearly 5.5 million people; 3 million have received two doses.
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Friday coronavirus report card *** write caption *** [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published March 26, 2021|Updated March 26, 2021

Florida reported 5,750 coronavirus cases and 167 deaths Friday. That is the most deaths in a single day since 224 were reported on Feb. 18.

The state has now reported 33,756 deaths and 2,033,179 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,846 infections and 69 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 101,236 tests on Thursday, with a daily positivity rate of about 5.7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated nearly 5.5 million people, according to Friday’s report. There were 41,610 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday and 45,351 who completed a vaccine series.

So far, 3,004,403 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,470,806 people have received just one dose. A total of 202,452 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 311,290 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 274,704; in Pasco, 125,245; in Manatee, 118,144; in Polk, 148,612; in Hernando, 46,813; and in Citrus, 43,809.

Hospitalizations: As of Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,865 patients for COVID-19, including 644 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 213 new admissions Friday, including 42 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 19 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.4 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 29 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,204 cases and 67 deaths Friday.

Hernando and Citrus counties reported no deaths, while Citrus County added three. Pasco County added six new deaths, followed by Hillsborough with 15, Polk with 18 and Pinellas with 25.

The weekly positivity rate was near 7 percent for Citrus, Pasco Hernando and Pinellas counties on Friday. Polk and Manatee counties had a positivity rate of about 9 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 119,790 cases and 1,622 deaths, Pinellas has 71,265 cases and 1,579 deaths, Polk has 60,449 cases and 1,247 deaths, Manatee has 34,371 cases and 644 deaths, Pasco has 35,863 cases and 695 deaths, Hernando has 12,228 cases and 445 deaths, and Citrus has 10,230 cases and 427 deaths.

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