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Florida adds 3,513 coronavirus cases, 66 deaths Monday

Florida’s weekly case average decreased slightly on Monday
Florida recorded more than 3,000 coronavirus cases Monday.
Florida recorded more than 3,000 coronavirus cases Monday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published Apr. 26
Updated Apr. 26

Florida recorded 3,513 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections statewide to 2,212,097.

The weekly case average dropped slightly to about 5,566 infections announced per day.

On Monday, the Florida Department of Health also counted 66 deaths from the virus. Statewide, 35,600 people have died since the pandemic began. About 65 deaths are announced per day, based on the rolling weekly average.

Nearly 60,000 tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 7.28 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 8,562,544 people in Florida have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, with 5.7 million of those people having completed their full immunization series.

The number of people vaccinated increased by 49,719 from the day prior.

In Hillsborough County, 527,839 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 415,090; in Polk, 228,168; in Manatee, 165,645; in Pasco, 196,866; in Hernando, 65,990; and in Citrus, 58,756.

Hospitalizations: About 3,400 people in Florida were hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus as of Monday, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 815 people were hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.

Around 23 percent of hospital beds and intensive care unit beds in Florida were available as of Monday afternoon. Locally, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of ICU beds were available.

The number of cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 80 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 9 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 24 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 indicates there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative coronavirus cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 715 coronavirus cases and 12 deaths Monday.

Four deaths were recorded in Pinellas, three in Hernando, two each in Hillsborough and Manatee counties and one in Polk. No new deaths were reported in Pasco or Citrus counties.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties lead the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at about 9 percent, followed by Citrus, Hernando and Manatee at 7 percent and Pinellas at 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 133,429 cases and 1,703 deaths; Pinellas has 78,084 cases and 1,619 deaths; Polk has 66,692 cases and 1,310 deaths; Manatee has 37,699 cases and 672 deaths; Pasco has 40,168 cases and 744 deaths; Hernando has 13,547 cases and 468 deaths; and Citrus has 10,886 cases and 442 deaths.

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