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Florida adds 5,271 coronavirus cases, 46 deaths Tuesday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,816 infections and 504 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 27
Updated Apr. 27

Florida reported 5,271 coronavirus cases and 46 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 35,646.

The state has seen 2,217,368 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,816 infections and 504 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 76,269 tests on Monday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 8,625,933 people, according to Tuesday’s report. There were 24,903 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 56,708 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the 8.6 million people who have received a vaccine dose in Florida, about 5,884,717 of them have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 532,310 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 417,796; in Pasco, 197,835; in Manatee, 166,414; in Polk, 230,120; in Hernando, 66,263; and in Citrus, 58,927.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,343 patients for COVID-19, including 774 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 281 new admissions Tuesday, including 57 admissions locally.

About 19 percent of hospital beds and 10 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9 percent Tuesday, 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 1,135 cases and five deaths Tuesday.

Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus and Manatee counties all reported no new deaths from the coronavirus on Tuesday, while Hernando County subtracted two deaths from its previous total. Pasco County added three deaths Tuesday and Polk County added four.

Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Polk counties all had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Tuesday. 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 132,256 cases and 1,694 deaths, Pinellas has 77,582 cases and 1,612 deaths, Polk has 66,001 cases and 1,307 deaths, Manatee has 37,351 cases and 665 deaths, Pasco has 39,805 cases and 738 deaths, Hernando has 13,421 cases and 465 deaths, and Citrus has 10,833 cases and 442 deaths.

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