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Florida adds 2,482 coronavirus cases, 22 deaths Sunday

Florida’s weekly coronavirus case average continued its decline Sunday.
Florida recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
Florida recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases Sunday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published May 16
Updated May 16

Florida’s weekly case average continued its more than three-week long decline Sunday, from just under 6,000 cases announced per day to about 3,171 cases announced per day.

The Florida Department of Health announced 2,482 coronavirus cases Sunday, bringing the total number of infections found statewide to 2,292,004.

Another 22 deaths were recorded. In Florida, 36,798 people have died from the virus.

About 67,000 tests were processed Saturday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 4.36 percent.

Vaccinations: As of Sunday, 9,577,875 people in Florida are vaccinated, an increase of 39,765 from the day prior.

Of those vaccinated, more than 7 million are fully immunized.

In Hillsborough, 592,122 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 451,114; in Polk, 260,369; in Manatee, 179,522; in Pasco, 215,716; in Hernando, 71,647; and in Citrus, 62,912.

Hospitalizations: About 2,400 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 500 of those hospitalized are in the Tampa Bay area.

About 25 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and Intensive Care Unit beds were available as of Sunday afternoon. In Tampa Bay, about 24 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of ICU beds were available.

Cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 55 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 6 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 20 states that fails to meet the World Health Organization’s recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.

When the rate is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 491 coronavirus cases and eight deaths Sunday.

Both Hillsborough and Pinellas recorded three deaths. Both Manatee and Polk recorded one.

Hillsborough leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of about 7 percent. Manatee, Polk and Hernando follow at about 6 percent, then Pasco and Citrus at 5 percent and Pinellas at 4 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 140,116 cases and 1,787 deaths; Pinellas has 80,529 cases and 1,666 deaths; Polk has 69,878 cases and 1,357 deaths; Manatee has 39,312 cases and 694 deaths; Pasco has 42,109 cases and 777 deaths; Hernando has 14,276 cases and 477 deaths; and Citrus has 11,239 cases and 456 deaths.

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