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Florida adds 6,772 coronavirus cases, 45 deaths Wednesday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,420 infections and 50 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.3 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.3 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 14
Updated Apr. 14

Florida reported 6,772 coronavirus cases and 45 deaths Wednesday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,829.

The state has seen 2,141,686 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,420 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 more than 90,000 tests on Tuesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 7.4 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 7,584,736 people, according to Wednesday’s report. There were 47,928 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Tuesday and 55,455 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 4,161,541 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,905,749 people have received just one dose. A total of 517,446 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, an increase of 7,199 shots from the previous day.

The distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused Monday due to concerns about blood clots forming in patients, though some shots were still distributed, including at the Tampa Greyhound Track which stopped giving the vaccine early Monday morning.

In Hillsborough County, 462,080 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 371,788; in Pasco, 175,783; in Manatee, 151,243; in Polk, 199,369; in Hernando, 60,056; and in Citrus, 55,390.

Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,258 patients for COVID-19, including 758 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 241 new admissions Wednesday, including 56 admissions locally.

About 20 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 18 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.3 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 23 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,495 cases and three deaths Wednesday.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Manatee counties added one death each. Pinellas County 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 Hernando, Polk and Citrus counties.

Hillsborough and Pasco counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 10 percent as of Wednesday. Polk had a positivity rate of about 9 percent while Hernando was 8 percent. Pinellas and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Citrus had a positivity rate of about 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 127,969 cases and 1,667 deaths, Pinellas has 75,615 cases and 1,589 deaths, Polk has 63,919 cases and 1,287 deaths, Manatee has 36,362 cases and 658 deaths, Pasco has 38,387 cases and 722 deaths, Hernando has 12,970 cases and 453 deaths, and Citrus has 10,587 cases and 436 deaths.

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