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Florida adds 1,976 coronavirus cases, 59 deaths Monday

Florida’s average weekly coronavirus case load has been declining since late April.
Florida recorded just under 2,000 coronavirus cases Monday
Florida recorded just under 2,000 coronavirus cases Monday [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ]
Published May 17, 2021|Updated May 17, 2021

Florida’s added 1,976 coronavirus cases Monday as the state’s average case count continued a three-week-long decline.

Since the pandemic began, 2,293,980 coronavirus infections have been recorded in Florida. An average of about 3,125 cases are announced per day, based on the weekly average. That figure has been declining since April 24.

About 53,000 tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 4.42 percent.

The Florida Department of Health also announced 59 deaths Monday, bringing the total number dead in Florida to 36,857. An average of 51 deaths are announced per day.

Vaccinations: As of Monday, about 9,608,397 people in Florida are vaccinated against coronavirus, an increase of 30,522 from the day prior. More than 7.5 million have received both doses and are fully immunized.

In Hillsborough County, 594,298 people are vaccinated; in Pinellas, 452,164; in Polk, 261,146; in Manatee, 179,911; in Pasco, 216,221; in Hernando, 71,799; and in Citrus, 63,059.

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 patients are in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, about 24 percent of hospital beds and 25 percent of intensive care unit beds were available as of Monday afternoon. Locally, about 24 percent of hospital beds and ICU beds were available.

Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 38 admissions.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 6 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 19 states that fails to meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.

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

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 336 coronavirus cases and 15 deaths Monday.

Seven deaths were recorded in Pinellas County and three deaths came from Hernando. Two deaths were reported in Hillsborough, and one each in Manatee, Pasco and Polk counties. There were no new deaths reported in Citrus County.

Hillsborough leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of about 7 percent, followed by Manatee and Hernando at 6 percent, Citrus, Pasco and Polk at 5 percent and Pinellas at 3 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 140,226 cases and 1,789 deaths; Pinellas has 80,603 cases and 1,673 deaths; Polk has 69,939 cases and 1,358 deaths; Manatee has 39,334 cases and 695 deaths; Pasco has 42,158 cases and 778 deaths; Hernando has 14,290 cases and 480 deaths; and Citrus has 11,245 cases and 456 deaths.

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