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Florida adds 9,068 coronavirus cases, 64 deaths Tuesday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,293 infections and 50 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 13
Updated Apr. 14

Florida reported 9,068 coronavirus cases and 64 deaths Tuesday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,784.

The state has seen 2,134,914 cases of COVID-19 during the 13 month pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,293 infections and 50 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 nearly 112,000 tests on Monday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 8.16 percent. By comparison, the state processed around 20,615 cases Sunday, with 1,613 infections added the following day.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 7,449,475 people, according to Tuesday’s report. There were 37,440 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 66,537 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 4,055,668 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,883,560 people have received just one dose. A total of 510,247 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the distribution of which has been paused due to concerns about blood clots forming in patients.

In Hillsborough County, 453,874 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 364,990; in Pasco, 172,474; in Manatee, 148,396; in Polk, 195,634; in Hernando, 59,123; and in Citrus, 54,527.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,256 patients for COVID-19, including 767 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 274 new admissions Tuesday, including 58 admissions locally.

About 21 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.9 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 testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

The District of Columbia and 24 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,759 cases and 25 deaths Tuesday.

Pasco County added 10 deaths while Hillsborough added eight. Pinellas reported five deaths and Polk recorded two. Citrus 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 in Manatee or Hernando counties.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Tuesday. Hernando County had a positivity rate of about 8 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Citrus had a positivity rate of just above 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 127,392 cases and 1,666 deaths, Pinellas has 75,419 cases and 1,590 deaths, Polk has 63,633 cases and 1,287 deaths, Manatee has 36,195 cases and 657 deaths, Pasco has 38,199 cases and 721 deaths, Hernando has 12,912 cases and 453 deaths, and Citrus has 10,564 cases and 436 deaths.

Correction: Through Monday, 7,449,475 vaccines had been administered in Florida. That number includes 37,440 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine and 66,537 who completed a vaccine series on Monday. A story in Wednesday’s paper included incorrect data.

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