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Florida adds 4,165 coronavirus cases, 89 deaths Friday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,154 infections and 70 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 7.6 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 7.6 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published May 7
Updated May 7

Florida reported 4,165 coronavirus cases and 89 deaths Friday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 36,346.

The state has seen 2,262,598 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,154 infections and 70 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 91,000 tests on Thursday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 4.7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,149,171 people, according to Friday’s report. There were 12,506 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday and 12,506 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the roughly 9.1 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 6.8 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 564,831 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 435,998; in Pasco, 207,607; in Manatee, 173,387; in Polk, 246,698; in Hernando, 69,229; and in Citrus, 61,128.

Hospitalizations: As of Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,851 patients for COVID-19, including 614 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 202 new admissions Friday, 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 18 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 7.6 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 27 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 838 cases and 23 deaths Friday.

Polk County added eight deaths while Pasco reported six. Hillsborough added five deaths and Manatee recorded three. Pinellas County added one death. Citrus County removed one death from its count, meaning the death was not coronavirus-related or the person who died wasn’t a resident. There were no new deaths in Hernando County.

Hillsborough County’s weekly average positivity rate was about 8 percent. Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties had positivity rates of roughly 7 percent. Manatee and Polk counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was about 4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 137,651 cases and 1,759 deaths, Pinellas has 79,657 cases and 1,647 deaths, Polk has 68,800 cases and 1,345 deaths, Manatee has 38,711 cases and 687 deaths, Pasco has 41,431 cases and 768 deaths, Hernando has 14,001 cases and 470 deaths, and Citrus has 11,118 cases and 449 deaths.

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