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Florida adds 3,590 coronavirus cases, 71 deaths Friday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,372 infections and 53 deaths per day over the past seven days
Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.5 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.5 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
Published May 14
Updated May 14

Florida reported 3,590 coronavirus cases and 71 deaths Friday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 36,719.

The state has seen 2,286,203 infections throughout the course of the more than year-long pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,372 infections and 53 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 86,000 tests on Thursday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 4.2 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,436,587 people, according to Friday’s report. There were 9,685 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday 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 Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,609 patients for COVID-19, including 550 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 156 new admissions Friday, including 24 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 19 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.5 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 31 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 751 cases and nine deaths Friday.

Hillsborough County added six deaths, while Pinellas, Hernando and Polk counties added one death each. There were no new deaths in Pasco, Manatee and Citrus counties.

Hillsborough County had a weekly average positivity rate of about 7 percent. Pasco, Hernando, Manatee, Polk and Citrus 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 139,629 cases and 1,779 deaths, Pinellas has 80,352 cases and 1,663 deaths, Polk has 69,676 cases and 1,353 deaths, Manatee has 39,183 cases and 692 deaths, Pasco has 41,998 cases and 777 deaths, Hernando has 14,226 cases and 476 deaths, and Citrus has 11,212 cases and 455 deaths.

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