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Florida adds 6,684 coronavirus cases, 84 deaths Thursday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,084 infections and 67 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 10 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 22
Updated Apr. 22

Florida reported 6,684 coronavirus cases and 84 deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 35,378.

The state has seen 2,191,038 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 6,084 infections and 67 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 107,000 tests on Wednesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.2 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 8,307,032 people, according to Thursday’s report. There were 33,854 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Wednesday and 49,872 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the 8.3 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 5.4 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 511,242 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 404,109; in Pasco, 191,941; in Manatee, 162,493; in Polk, 218,913; in Hernando, 64,580; and in Citrus, 57,617.

Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,410 patients for COVID-19, including 788 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 212 new admissions Thursday, including 56 admissions locally.

About 19 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 17 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 10 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 26 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,513 cases and 12 deaths Thursday.

Hernando County added seven deaths, Hillsborough reported four and Pinellas added one. Polk County removed four deaths from its count, meaning the deaths weren’t coronavirus-related or the people who died weren’t residents. There were no new deaths in Pasco, Citrus or Manatee counties.

Hernando County had a weekly average positivity rate of about 10 percent. Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties all had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Thursday. Citrus County’s positivity rate was about 8 percent. Manatee’s positivity rate was about 7 percent and Pinellas’ positivity rate was about 6 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 131,831 cases and 1,692 deaths, Pinellas has 77,394 cases and 1,609 deaths, Polk has 65,791 cases and 1,305 deaths, Manatee has 37,304 cases and 665 deaths, Pasco has 39,628 cases and 736 deaths, Hernando has 13,380 cases and 463 deaths, and Citrus has 10,804 cases and 440 deaths.

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