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Florida adds 2,296 coronavirus cases, 53 deaths Monday

Florida’s average weekly coronavirus case load continued to decline.
Florida recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases Monday
Florida recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases Monday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published May 10
Updated May 10

Florida recorded 2,296 coronavirus cases Monday, bringing the total number of infections recorded since the pandemic began to 2,272,102.

The weekly case average decreased Monday to about 3,750 infections announced per day. The average has been decreasing over the last two weeks.

Another 53 deaths were announced Monday, with a total of 36,498 people in Florida dead from the virus.

About 55,000 coronavirus tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 5.01 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, 9,311,399 people in Florida have been vaccinated against the coronavirus, an increase of 45,583 from the day prior. More than seven million of those vaccinated are fully immunized.

In Hillsborough County, 576,055 people are vaccinated; in Pinellas, 443,015; in Polk, 252,246; in Manatee, 175,624; in Pasco, 211,040; in Hernando, 70,230; and in Citrus, 61,731.

Hospitalizations: About 2,700 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 585 of those hospitalizations are in the Tampa Bay area.

About 24 percent of hospital beds and intensive care unit beds were available statewide as of Monday afternoon. Locally, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of ICU beds were available.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 7 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 22 states that fail to meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a positivity rate of 5 percent 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.

The number of cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 39 admissions.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 428 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths Monday.

Four deaths were recorded in both Polk and Pinellas counties. Three deaths were recorded in Hernando, two in Citrus and one in both Hillsborough and Manatee. There were no new deaths recorded in Pasco County.

Citrus, Hillsborough and Pasco counties have an average weekly positivity rate of about 7 percent, followed by Hernando, Manatee and Polk counties at about 6 percent and Pinellas at about 4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 138,312 coronavirus cases and 1,768 deaths; Pinellas has 79,947 coronavirus cases and 1,656 deaths; Polk has 69,142 coronavirus cases and 1,348 deaths; Manatee has 38,879 coronavirus cases and 690 deaths; Pasco has 41,687 coronavirus cases and 774 deaths; Hernando has 14,087 coronavirus cases and 476 deaths; and Citrus has 11,162 coronavirus cases and 451 deaths.

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