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Florida adds 5,062 coronavirus cases, 92 deaths Tuesday

On average, the state has reported about 5,133 infections and 76 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Mar. 30
Updated Mar. 30

Florida reported 5,062 coronavirus cases and 92 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of reported statewide deaths to 33,983.

The state has seen 2,052,441 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,133 infections and 76 deaths per day over the past seven days. 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 80,000 tests on Monday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.4 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 5,761,310 people, according to Tuesday’s report. There were 31,936 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 40,049 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 2,976,016 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,556,933 people have received just one dose. A total of 228,361 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 329,720 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 289,544; in Pasco, 131,436; in Manatee, 123,065; in Polk, 154,738; in Hernando, 48,652; and in Citrus, 46,169.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,927 patients for COVID-19, including 691 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 273 new admissions Tuesday, including 47 admissions locally.

About 21 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.9 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 27 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 831 cases and 24 deaths Tuesday.

Polk County added 10 deaths while Hillsborough County reported nine deaths and Pasco County reported five deaths. Pinellas County removed one death from its count, meaning the death was not coronavirus-related or the person who died was not a resident. There were no new deaths reported in Hernando, Citrus and Manatee counties.

Hillsborough County had a weekly average positivity rate of about 9 percent as of Tuesday. Pasco County’s positivity rate was about 8 percent. Hernando and Polk counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Pinellas, Manatee and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 121,150 cases and 1,632 deaths, Pinellas has 72,005 cases and 1,571 deaths, Polk has 61,019 cases and 1,258 deaths, Manatee has 34,697 cases and 647 deaths, Pasco has 36,265 cases and 700 deaths, Hernando has 12,349 cases and 447 deaths, and Citrus has 10,298 cases and 432 deaths.

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