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Florida adds 6,834 coronavirus cases, 35 deaths Sunday

Florida’s average weekly coronavirus cases and deaths increased on Sunday
Florida recorded more than 6,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
Florida recorded more than 6,000 coronavirus cases Sunday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 18
Updated Apr. 18

Florida recorded 6,834 coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total number of infections recorded statewide to 2,168,901 cases.

The weekly case average increased to about 6,381 cases announced per day.

The state also announced 35 deaths from the virus. In more than a year, 35,109 people in Florida have died from the virus. About 61 deaths are announced per day, according to the weekly average.

About 90,000 coronavirus tests were processed Saturday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 8.68 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, more than eight million people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus.

Statewide, 8,016,441 people have been vaccinated, an increase of 82,425 from the day prior. Of those vaccinated, more than five million have completed their immunization series.

In Hillsborough, 490,836 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 389,733; in Polk, 211,041; in Manatee, 158,501; in Pasco, 186,039; in Hernando, 63,122; and in Citrus, 56,894.

Hospitalizations: About 3,300 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 750 are in the Tampa Bay area.

About 23 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and ICU beds were available as of Sunday afternoon. Locally, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 23 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’s 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 1,271 coronavirus cases and three deaths Sunday.

Two of the deaths were recorded in Manatee and one was in Citrus.

Hillsborough and Hernando lead the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at 10 percent. Pasco and Polk follow at about 9 percent, then Manatee at 7 percent and Citrus and Pinellas at 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 130,034 cases and 1,680 deaths; Pinellas has 76,637 cases and 1,598 deaths; Polk has 64,922 cases and 1,295 deaths; Manatee has 36,883 cases and 664 deaths; Pasco has 39,036 cases and 727 deaths; Hernando has 13,211 cases and 454 deaths; and Citrus has 10,697 cases and 437 deaths.

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