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Florida adds 5,571 coronavirus cases, 85 deaths Wednesday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,095 infections and 66 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.2 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.2 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Apr. 21
Updated Apr. 21

Florida reported 5,571 coronavirus cases and 85 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 35,294.

The state has seen 2,184,354 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,095 infections and 66 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 88,000 tests on Tuesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.3 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 8,228,278 people, according to Wednesday’s report. There were 36,449 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Tuesday and 47,727 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the 8.2 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 5.3 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 505,307 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 400,267; in Pasco, 189,928; in Manatee, 161,326; in Polk, 216,484; in Hernando, 64,154; and in Citrus, 57,425.

Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,493 patients for COVID-19, including 808 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 238 new admissions Wednesday, including 61 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 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 10.2 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 27 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,111 cases and 26 deaths Wednesday.

Hillsborough County added nine deaths, while Pinellas County reported eight deaths. Polk County added five deaths and Pasco County recorded three deaths. Hernando County added one death. There were no new deaths in Manatee or Citrus counties.

Hillsborough, Pasco Hernando, Citrus and Polk counties all had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Wednesday. Manatee County’s positivity rate was about 7 percent and Pinellas County’s positivity rate was about 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 131,199 cases and 1,688 deaths, Pinellas has 77,141 cases and 1,608 deaths, Polk has 65,521 cases and 1,309 deaths, Manatee has 37,193 cases and 665 deaths, Pasco has 39,466 cases and 736 deaths, Hernando has 13,315 cases and 456 deaths, and Citrus has 10,784 cases and 440 deaths.

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