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Florida adds 2,805 coronavirus cases, 97 deaths Tuesday

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,060 infections and 58 deaths per day over the past seven days.
Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,671,213 people, according to Tuesday’s report.
Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,671,213 people, according to Tuesday’s report. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published May 18
Updated May 18

Florida reported 2,805 coronavirus cases and 97 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 36,954.

The state has seen 2,296,785 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 3,060 infections and 58 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 61,000 tests on Monday, reporting a daily positivity rate of 4.6 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 9,671,213 people, according to Tuesday’s report. There were 12,024 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Monday and 25,722 who completed a vaccine series.

Of the roughly 9.7 million people who have received a vaccine in Florida, about 7.7 million have completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 599,243 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 454,057; in Pasco, 217,312; in Manatee, 180,467; in Polk, 262,561; in Hernando, 72,072; and in Citrus, 63,231.

Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 2,344 patients for COVID-19, including 454 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 245 new admissions Tuesday, including 53 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.1 percent Tuesday, 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 32 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 564 cases and 20 deaths Tuesday.

Pasco County added eight deaths and Polk added seven. Hillsborough reported three deaths, while Citrus added two. Pinellas removed three deaths from its count while Hernando removed one, meaning the fatalities weren’t coronavirus-related or the people who died weren’t residents. There were no new deaths in Manatee County.

Hillsborough and Hernando counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 6 percent. Pasco, Manatee and Polk counties have positivity rates of about 5 percent. Citrus County’s positivity rate was about 4 percent and Pinellas County’s positivity rate was about 3 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 140,504 cases and 1,792 deaths, Pinellas has 80,673 cases and 1,670 deaths, Polk has 70,037 cases and 1,365 deaths, Manatee has 39,374 cases and 695 deaths, Pasco has 42,203 cases and 786 deaths, Hernando has 14,316 cases and 479 deaths, and Citrus has 11,252 cases and 458 deaths.

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