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Florida adds 3,319 coronavirus cases, 57 deaths Saturday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,278 infections and 52 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.4 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.4 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published May 15
Updated May 15

Florida reported 3,319 coronavirus cases and 57 deaths Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 36,776.

The state has seen 2,289,522 infections since the state reported the first two cases of the coronavirus more than 14 months ago, on March 1, 2020.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,278 infections and 52 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 74,000 tests on Friday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 4.4 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,538,110 people, according to Saturday’s report. There were 12,690 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Friday and 38,345 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the roughly 9.5 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 7.5 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 589,678 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 449,644; in Pasco, 215,027; in Manatee, 179,015; in Polk, 259,154; in Hernando, 71,402; and in Citrus, 62,706.

Hospitalizations: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,497 patients for COVID-19, including 518 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 166 new admissions Saturday, including 38 admissions locally.

About 23 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.4 percent Saturday, 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 692 cases and 11 deaths Saturday.

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

Hillsborough County had a weekly average positivity rate of about 7 percent. Hernando, Manatee, Polk and Citrus had weekly average positivity rates of about 6 percent, while Pasco County had a positivity rate of about 5 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was about 4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 139,931 cases and 1,784 deaths, Pinellas has 80,459 cases and 1,663 deaths, Polk has 69,778 cases and 1,356 deaths, Manatee has 39,251 cases and 693 deaths, Pasco has 42,063 cases and 777 deaths, Hernando has 14,257 cases and 477 deaths, and Citrus has 11,229 cases and 455 deaths.

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