Florida reported 4,064 coronavirus cases and 50 deaths Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 36,648.
The state has seen 2,282,613 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,454 infections and 56 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 nearly 92,000 tests on Wednesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 4.4 percent.
Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,436,587 people, according to Thursday’s report. There were 9,685 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Wednesday and 33,833 who completed a vaccine series.
Of the roughly 9.4 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 7.3 million have completed a vaccine series.
In Hillsborough County, 583,722 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 446,629; in Pasco, 213,168; in Manatee, 177,649; in Polk, 256,211; in Hernando, 70,834; and in Citrus, 62,195.
Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,684 patients for COVID-19, including 579 people in the Tampa Bay region.
The health department reported 190 new admissions Thursday, including 60 admissions locally.
About 20 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 16 percent of adult ICU beds were open.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.6 percent Thursday, 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 29 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 837 cases and seven deaths Thursday.
Hillsborough County added four deaths, while Polk reported two. Manatee added one death. Pasco County removed two deaths from its count and Pinellas removed one, meaning the fatalities weren’t coronavirus-related or the people who died weren’t residents. There were no new deaths in Hernando and Citrus counties.
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 139,297 cases and 1,773 deaths, Pinellas has 80,271 cases and 1,662 deaths, Polk has 69,532 cases and 1,352 deaths, Manatee has 39,110 cases and 692 deaths, Pasco has 41,921 cases and 777 deaths, Hernando has 14,190 cases and 475 deaths, and Citrus has 11,204 cases and 455 deaths.
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