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Florida adds 4,943 coronavirus cases Sunday, 36 deaths

Florida’s weekly coronavirus case average went above 5,000 for the first time in nearly three weeks
Florida added more than 4,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
Florida added more than 4,000 coronavirus cases Sunday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Mar. 28
Updated Mar. 28

Florida added 4,943 coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the weekly average of cases above 5,000 per day for the first time in more than two weeks.

Since Florida’s first recorded case of the virus, 2,044,005 infections have been identified. The weekly rolling average is about 5,094 cases announced per day.

On Sunday, the Florida Department of Health also announced 36 deaths from the virus, bringing the total dead statewide to 33,819 people. The weekly average is about 64 deaths announced per day.

About 85,000 coronavirus tests were processed Saturday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 6.8 percent, according to the department of health.

Hospitalizations: Statewide, about 2,800 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. In Tampa Bay, about 630 people are hospitalized.

About 24 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 23 percent of its ICU beds were available as of Sunday afternoon, and in Tampa Bay about 22 percent of hospital beds and ICU beds were available.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 88 admissions Sunday.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 9 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 22 states that fails to meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.

When the positivity rate is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

Vaccinations: A vaccination report was not released Sunday, which state health officials said on Twitter was because of system maintenance. Other daily reports from the state were available. Officials said reports will resume on Monday.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 979 coronavirus cases and four deaths Sunday.

Three of the deaths were from Citrus and one was in Hillsborough.

Hillsborough leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of 9 percent. Hernando, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Polk follow at 7 percent, and Citrus follows at 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 120,680 cases and 1,623 deaths; Pinellas has 71,696 cases and 1,561 deaths; Polk has 60,765 cases and 1,248 deaths; Manatee has 34,567 cases and 645 deaths; Pasco has 36,074 cases and 695 deaths; Hernando has 12,296 cases and 445 deaths; and Citrus has 10,266 cases and 431 deaths.

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