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Florida adds 5,306 coronavirus cases, 81 deaths Friday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,288 infections and 59 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Tampa Bay added 1,232 cases and 23 deaths Friday.
Tampa Bay added 1,232 cases and 23 deaths Friday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Apr. 30
Updated Apr. 30

Florida reported 5,306 coronavirus cases and 81 deaths Friday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 35,858.

The state has seen 2,233,518 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,288 infections and 59 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 approximately 94,000 tests on Thursday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 5.7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 8,808,680 people, according to Friday’s report. There were 18,149 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday and 52,121 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the 8.8 million people who have received a vaccine dose in Florida, about 6.1 million of them have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 543,587 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 424,279; in Pasco, 201,431; in Manatee, 168,822; in Polk, 236,518; in Hernando, 66,896; and in Citrus, 59,688.

Hospitalizations: As of Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,156 patients for COVID-19, including 686 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 236 new admissions Friday, including 101 admissions locally.

About 20 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 18 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate for the past week was about 8.7 percent Friday, 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 1,232 cases and 23 deaths Friday.

Four deaths were added in Pasco County, five were added in Polk and Hillsborough added six. Pinellas County led the region with eight new deaths reported Friday. Citrus, Hernando and Manatee counties reported no new deaths.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 8 percent, followed by Citrus and Hernando counties with positivity rates of about 7 percent. Manatee had a positivity rate was about 6 percent, while Pinellas County led the region with a weekly average positivity rate of just under 5 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 135,278 cases and 1,723 deaths, Pinellas has 78,803 cases and 1,631 deaths, Polk has 67,607 cases and 1,322 deaths, Manatee has 38,128 cases and 673 deaths, Pasco has 40,692 cases and 752 deaths, Hernando has 13,726 cases and 465 deaths, and Citrus has 10,978 cases and 443 deaths.

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