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Florida records 3,374 coronavirus cases, 72 deaths Monday

Florida’s average weekly coronavirus cases per day continued its increase
Florida added more than 3,000 coronavirus cases Monday
Florida added more than 3,000 coronavirus cases Monday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published Mar. 29
Updated Mar. 29

Florida added 3,374 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections recorded in a little over a year to 2,047,379.

The weekly coronavirus case average increased to about 5,167 cases announced per day. The average has been increasing for the past nine days.

The Florida Department of Health also announced 72 coronavirus deaths Monday. In a year, 33,891 people in Florida have died from the virus. The weekly death average increased to about 69 people announced dead per day.

Just under 57,000 coronavirus tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 7.58 percent, according to the department of health.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 5,679,601 people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 75,318 from two days prior.

A daily vaccine report was not issued Sunday while the vaccine records system underwent maintenance, according to the Florida Department of Health.

More than 3 million of the people vaccinated have completed their vaccination series.

In Hillsborough, 324,560 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 285,579; in Polk, 153,372; in Manatee, 122,130; in Pasco, 130,178; in Hernando, 48,289; and in Citrus, 45,999.

Hospitalizations: About 2,900 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 675 are in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 25 percent of hospital beds and 28 percent of intensive care unit beds were available as of Monday afternoon. Locally, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 30 percent of ICU beds were available.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 65 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 9 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 23 states that fails to meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening restrictions.

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

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 608 coronavirus cases and 16 deaths Monday.

Eleven deaths were added in Pinellas, Hernando and Manatee both added two deaths and one was recorded in Citrus.

Hillsborough leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of 9 percent. Hernando and Pasco follow at 8 percent, then Manatee, Pinellas and Polk at 7 percent and Citrus at 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 120,893 cases and 1,623 deaths; Pinellas has 71,839 cases and 1,572 deaths; Polk has 60,852 cases and 1,248 deaths; Manatee has 34,620 cases and 647 deaths; Pasco has 36,147 cases and 695 deaths; Hernando has 12,323 cases and 447 deaths; and Citrus has 10,278 cases and 432 deaths.

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