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Florida adds 5,520 coronavirus cases, nine deaths Sunday

Florida’s average weekly coronavirus cases increased to more than 6,000 cases per day
Florida recorded more than 5,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
Florida recorded more than 5,000 coronavirus cases Sunday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 11
Updated Apr. 11

Florida recorded 5,520 coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total number of infections recorded statewide to 2,124,233.

The weekly case average increased, rising above 6,000 cases per day for the first time since late February. About 6,058 cases are announced per day, based on the rolling average.

The Florida Department of Health also announced nine deaths from the virus. In Florida, 34,685 people have died from the virus. About 51 deaths are announced per day based on the weekly average.

About 87,000 coronavirus tests were processed Saturday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 7.65 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, 7,213,793 people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 109,909 from the day prior.

Of the total vaccinated, 4.4 million have completed their full vaccination series, whether a one-dose or two-dose shot.

In Hillsborough, 441,459 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 355,300; in Polk, 189,107; in Manatee, 142,595; in Pasco, 165,702; in Hernando, 57,538; and in Citrus 52,959.

Hospitalizations: About 3,100 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 740 are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.

About 25 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and ICU beds were available as of Sunday afternoon. In Tampa Bay, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds were available.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 82 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 10 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 26 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 1,183 coronavirus cases and 3 deaths Sunday.

The three deaths were recorded in Manatee. The Florida Department of Health removed or reclassified four deaths from Citrus, one in Hillsborough, two in Pinellas and three in Polk, meaning the deaths were determined to either not be from coronavirus or the dead weren’t Florida residents.

Hillsborough and Pasco lead the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at 9 percent, followed by Hernando and Polk at 8 percent and Citrus, Manatee and Pinellas at 7 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 126,600 cases and 1,658 deaths; Pinellas has 75,056 cases and 1,583 deaths; Polk has 63,240 cases and 1,285 deaths; Manatee has 36,024 cases and 652 deaths; Pasco has 37,924 cases and 711 deaths; Hernando has 12,845 cases and 453 deaths; and Citrus has 10,540 cases and 437 deaths.

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