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Florida adds 6,762 coronavirus cases, 78 deaths Thursday

One in 10 people have been infected with the virus statewide.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.3 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.3 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 15
Updated Apr. 16

Florida has seen 2,148,448 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, which means one in 10 Floridians have been infected with the virus.

The reported 6,762 coronavirus cases and 78 deaths Thursday. A total of 34,907 people have died in Florida of the virus.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,252 infections and 49 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 101,000 tests on Wednesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 7,699,875 people, according to Thursday’s report. There were 43,600 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Wednesday and 44,126 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 4,256,979 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,920,659 people have received just one dose. A total of 522,237 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, an increase of 4,791 shots from the previous day.

The distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was paused Tuesday 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 Tuesday morning.

In Hillsborough County, 470,306 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 376,216; in Pasco, 178,415; in Manatee, 153,957; in Polk, 201,634; in Hernando, 60,874; and in Citrus, 55,747.

Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,274 patients for COVID-19, including 770 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 226 new admissions Thursday, including 35 admissions locally.

About 20 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 18 percent of hospital beds and 16 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.3 percent Thursday, 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 1,429 cases and 13 deaths Thursday.

Pinellas County added seven deaths, while Hillsborough and Pasco counties added two each. Polk and Citrus counties added one death each. There were no new deaths in Hernando and Manatee counties.

Hillsborough and Pasco counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 10 percent as of Thursday. 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 128,503 cases and 1,669 deaths, Pinellas has 75,873 cases and 1,596 deaths, Polk has 64,189 cases and 1,288 deaths, Manatee has 36,505 cases and 658 deaths, Pasco has 38,522 cases and 724 deaths, Hernando has 13,023 cases and 453 deaths, and Citrus has 10,623 cases and 437 deaths.

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