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Florida adds 3,480 coronavirus cases, 36 deaths Monday

Florida added another 3,000+ coronavirus cases as the weekly case average increased Monday
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 Apr. 5
Updated Apr. 5

Florida recorded 3,480 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections recorded statewide to 2,085,306.

The weekly case average increased slightly to about 5,418 cases announced per day.

The Florida Department of Health also announced 36 coronavirus deaths Monday. In Florida, 34,364 people have died from the virus. The weekly death average decreased to about 68 people announced dead per day.

Florida processed about 58,000 coronavirus tests Sunday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 7.37 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 6,357,049 people in Florida have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, an increase of 57,411 from the day prior.

More than half of those vaccinated have been fully immunized, while about 2.6 million have received their first dose.

In Hillsborough County, 371,492 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 318,703; in Polk, 169,056; in Manatee, 132,159; in Pasco, 146,200; in Hernando, 52,826; and in Citrus, 49,552.

Hospitalizations: About 3,000 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 700 of those are being treated in Tampa Bay area hospitals.

About 24 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 26 percent of its intensive care unit beds were available as of Monday afternoon. About 25 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of ICU beds were available locally.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 52 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 9 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 24 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.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 723 coronavirus cases and six deaths Monday.

Three deaths were recorded in Pinellas, two in Hillsborough and one in Manatee. Citrus, Polk, Pasco and Hernando counties did not add any new deaths Monday.

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

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 123,770 cases and 1,642 deaths; Pinellas has 73,429 cases and 1,579 deaths; Polk has 61,995 cases and 1,278 deaths; Manatee has 35,280 cases and 648 deaths; Pasco has 37,013 cases and 705 deaths; Hernando has 12,610 cases and 449 deaths; and Citrus has 10,413 cases and 437 deaths.

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