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Florida adds 5,294 coronavirus cases, 89 deaths Wednesday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,154 infections and 85 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Mar. 31
Updated Mar. 31

Florida reported 5,294 coronavirus cases and 89 deaths Wednesday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,072.

The state has seen 2,057,735 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,154 infections and 85 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 77,000 tests on Tuesday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 5,871,740 people, according to Wednesday’s report. There were 29,084 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Tuesday and 48,124 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 3,072,361 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,564,417 people have received just one dose. A total of 234,962 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 337,637 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 294,943; in Pasco, 134,827; in Manatee, 124,951; in Polk, 157,138; in Hernando, 49,335; and in Citrus, 46,880.

Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,944 patients for COVID-19, including 671 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 232 new admissions Wednesday, including 62 admissions locally.

About 21 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Wednesday, 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 testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

The District of Columbia and 28 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,047 cases and 14 deaths Wednesday.

Polk County added seven deaths, Hillsborough County reported three deaths and Hernando County added two deaths. Pinellas and Citrus counties reported one new death each. There were no new deaths in Pasco and Manatee coutnies.

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

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 121,553 cases and 1,635 deaths, Pinellas has 72,243 cases and 1,572 deaths, Polk has 61,175 cases and 1,265 deaths, Manatee has 34,769 cases and 647 deaths, Pasco has 36,391 cases and 700 deaths, Hernando has 12,385 cases and 449 deaths, and Citrus has 10,314 cases and 433 deaths.

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