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Florida adds 6,017 coronavirus cases, 67 deaths Saturday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,424 infections and 75 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.4 percent Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.4 percent Saturday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Apr. 3
Updated Apr. 3

Florida reported 6,017 coronavirus cases and 67 deaths Saturday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,306.

The state has seen 2,077,032 cases of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters its 13th month.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,424 infections and 75 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 93,000 tests on Friday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.3 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 6,091,034 people, according to Saturday’s report. There were 37,524 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Friday and 53,311 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 3,252,227 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,589,434 people have received just one dose. A total of 249,373 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborough County, 351,243 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 306,325; in Pasco, 139,932; in Manatee, 128,440; in Polk, 163,640; in Hernando, 51,116; and in Citrus, 48,921.

Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,888 patients for COVID-19, including 666 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 141 new admissions Saturday, including 32 admissions locally.

About 25 percent of hospital beds and 24 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.4 percent Saturday, 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 1,217 cases and four deaths Saturday.

Pinellas County added three deaths while Hillsborough County reported one death. There were no new deaths in Pasco, Hernando, Polk, Manatee or Citrus counties.

Hillsborough and Hernando counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Saturday. Pasco and Polk counties had positivity rates of about 8 percent. Pinellas, Manatee and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 123,169 cases and 1,640 deaths, Pinellas has 73,080 cases and 1,576 deaths, Polk has 61,747 cases and 1,278 deaths, Manatee has 35,161 cases and 647 deaths, Pasco has 36,787 cases and 705 deaths, Hernando has 12,543 cases and 449 deaths, and Citrus has 10,389 cases and 436 deaths.

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