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Florida adds 5,666 coronavirus cases, 55 deaths Thursday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,311 infections and 57 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.9 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.9 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
Published Apr. 29
Updated Apr. 29

Florida reported 5,666 coronavirus cases and 55 deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 35,777.

The state has seen 2,228,212 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,311 infections and 57 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 99,000 tests on Wednesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 5.7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 8,740,620 people, according to Thursday’s report. There were 17,810 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Wednesday and 46,732 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the roughly 8.7 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 6.1 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 539,432 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 421,775; in Pasco, 200,196; in Manatee, 167,839; in Polk, 233,911; in Hernando, 66,896; and in Citrus, 59,462.

Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,220 patients for COVID-19, including 721 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 211 new admissions Thursday, including 59 admissions locally.

About 20 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 19 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 8.9 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 27 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,264 cases and 10 deaths Thursday.

Hillsborough, Pinellas and Polk counties added two deaths each. Pasco, Hernando, Manatee and Citrus counties added one death each.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 8 percent, while Citrus and Hernando counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Manatee’s positivity rate was about 6 percent. Pinellas had a weekly average positivity rate of just under 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 134,761 cases and 1,717 deaths, Pinellas has 78,647 cases and 1,623 deaths, Polk has 67,355 cases and 1,317 deaths, Manatee has 38,028 cases and 673 deaths, Pasco has 40,556 cases and 748 deaths, Hernando has 13,684 cases and 465 deaths, and Citrus has 10,949 cases and 443 deaths.

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