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Florida adds 3,263 coronavirus cases, 49 deaths Tuesday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,690 infections and 64 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.9 percent Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published May 11
Updated May 18

Florida reported 3,263 coronavirus cases and 49 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 36,547.

The state has seen 2,275,365 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,690 infections and 64 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 65,000 tests on Monday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 5 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,350,957 people, according to Tuesday’s report. There were 11,093 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 34,535 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the roughly 9.3 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 7.1 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 578,266 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 444,073; in Pasco, 211,556; in Manatee, 176,471; in Polk, 253,535; in Hernando, 70,355; and in Citrus, 61,838.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,746 patients for COVID-19, including 589 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 226 new admissions Tuesday, including 58 admissions locally.

About 21 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.9 percent Tuesday, 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 28 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 754 cases and 16 deaths Tuesday.

Citrus County added six deaths, while Pasco and Pinellas counties reported three deaths each. Polk added two deaths. Hillsborough and Manatee recorded one death each. Hernando removed two deaths from its count, meaning the deaths weren’t coronavirus-related or the people who died wasn’t a resident.

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

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 138,598 cases and 1,769 deaths, Pinellas has 80,044 cases and 1,659 deaths, Polk has 69,261 cases and 1,350 deaths, Manatee has 38,982 cases and 691 deaths, Pasco has 41,776 cases and 777 deaths, Hernando has 14,124 cases and 474 deaths, and Citrus has 11,185 cases and 457 deaths.

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