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Florida records 3,841 coronavirus cases, 31 deaths Sunday

The state’s weekly average number of cases per day dropped below 5,000 for the first time in more than a month.
Florida recorded more than 3,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
Florida recorded more than 3,000 coronavirus cases Sunday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published May 2
Updated May 2

Florida’s weekly average number of cases per day dropped below 5,000 for the first time in just over a month on Sunday.

The Florida Department of Health announced 3,841 infections, bringing the total number of cases found statewide to 2,242,778. The case average dropped to about 4,885 cases announced per day. The last time it had been below 5,000 was on March 27.

The state also announced 31 deaths from the virus. Across Florida, 35,968 people have died. The weekly average deaths announced per day dropped slightly to about 62.

About 81,000 coronavirus tests were processed Saturday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 5.87 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, 8,893,992 people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 28,692 from the day prior.

Of those vaccinated, more than six million have been fully immunized.

In Hillsborough, 548,575 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 427,024; in Polk, 239,108; in Manatee, 169,824; in Pasco, 202,810; in Hernando, 67,692; and in Citrus, 59,966.

Hospitalizations: About 3,100 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of the coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 680 of the patients are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 24 percent of hospital beds and ICU beds were available as of Sunday afternoon. In Tampa Bay, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds were available.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 77 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 9 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 25 states that fails to meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.

If 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 784 cases and four deaths Sunday.

Two deaths were recorded in Hillsborough and two in Manatee.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 136,014 cases and 1,734 deaths; Pinellas has 79,072 cases and 1,632 deaths; Polk has 67,979 cases and 1,323 deaths; Manatee has 38,303 cases and 678 deaths; Pasco has 40,895 cases and 752 deaths; Hernando has 13,813 cases and 465 deaths; and Citrus has 11,023 cases and 448 deaths.

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