Florida adds 3,075 coronavirus cases, 41 deaths Monday

Florida’s weekly average coronavirus caseload decreased again on Monday
Florida added 3,075 coronavirus cases Monday
Florida added 3,075 coronavirus cases Monday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published May 3, 2021|Updated May 3, 2021

Florida recorded 3,075 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections found statewide to 2,245,853.

The weekly case average decreased Monday to about 4,822 infections announced per day. On Sunday, the average dropped below 5,000 cases per day for the first time since late March.

The Florida Department of Health also announced 41 deaths from the virus. In Florida, 36,009 people have died from the virus in more than a year. The weekly death average decreased slightly to about 58 deaths announced per day.

About 62,000 tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 6.14 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 8,915,278 people in Florida have been vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 21,286 from the day prior.

More than six million of those vaccinated have been fully immunized.

In Hillsborough County, 549,913 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 427,504; in Polk, 239,606; in Manatee, 170,057; in Pasco, 203,086; in Hernando, 67,796; and in Citrus, 60,035.

Hospitalizations: About 3,100 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 675 of the patients hospitalized are in Tampa Bay.

About 23 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 24 percent of intensive care unit beds were available as of Monday afternoon. In Tampa Bay, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of ICU beds were available.

The number of cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 68 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 8 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 25 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 cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 597 coronavirus cases and eight deaths Monday.

Pinellas County recorded four deaths, Manatee added three and Citrus County recorded one. There were no new deaths reported in Hillsborough, Hernando, Polk or Pasco counties.

Hillsborough and Polk lead the area with an average weekly positivity rate of about 8 percent, followed by Citrus, Hernando, Manatee and Pasco at 7 percent and Pinellas at 4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 136,217 cases and 1,734 deaths; Pinellas has 79,146 cases and 1,636 deaths; Polk has 68,114 cases and 1,323 deaths; Manatee has 38,355 cases and 681 deaths; Pasco has 40,984 cases and 752 deaths; Hernando has 13,844 cases and 465 deaths; and Citrus has 11,036 cases and 449 deaths.

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