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Florida adds 11,387 coronavirus cases, 258 deaths in weeklong period

On average, the Florida Department of Health reported about 1,627 infections and 35 deaths per day.
A client is tested for the coronavirus by RN Amy Streicher, right, Florida Department of Health, Monday, April 27, 2020 at the Childs Park Recreation Center, St. Petersburg. Florida’s positivity rate was about 4.1 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
A client is tested for the coronavirus by RN Amy Streicher, right, Florida Department of Health, Monday, April 27, 2020 at the Childs Park Recreation Center, St. Petersburg. Florida’s positivity rate was about 4.1 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ SCOTT KEELER | Times ]
Published Jun. 4

Florida reported 11,387 coronavirus cases and 258 deaths from May 28 to June 3, bringing the total number of deaths since the pandemic began to 37,717.

The state has seen 2,329,867 infections since Florida officials reported the first two cases of the coronavirus more than 15 months ago, on March 1, 2020.

On average, the Florida Department of Health reported about 1,627 infections and 35 deaths per day over the seven-day period. 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.

Vaccinations: Florida has distributed at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine to 10,397,299 people, according to Thursday’s report. As of Thursday, 148,628 people received their first dose of a coronavirus vaccine in the past seven days, while 205,762 people completed a series.

Of the roughly 10.4 million people who have received a vaccine in the state, about 8.4 million have completed a vaccine series, according to Thursday’s report. About 9 percent of Floridians have received at least one dose while about 39 percent of the population has completed a vaccine series.

In Hillsborough County, 634,029 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 476,391; in Pasco, 239,425; in Manatee, 189,087; in Polk, 279,728; in Hernando, 77,520; and in Citrus, 66,050.

Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 1,797 patients for COVID-19, including 393 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The state’s coronavirus hospitalizations are at their lowest point in more than a year, the Florida Hospital Association told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

The health department reported 854 new admissions from May 28 to June 3, including 267 admissions locally.

About 21 percent of hospital beds and 24 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide Thursday. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 4.1 percent Thursday, 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 39 states had a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,520 cases and 54 deaths from May 28 to June 3.

Pasco County added 24 deaths. Polk reported 11 deaths while Hillsborough reported nine. Pinellas County added seven deaths. Manatee, Hernando and Citrus counties added one death each.

Citrus County’s weekly average positivity rate was about 7 percent. Hillsborough and Hernando counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent. Polk County’s positivity rate was about 5 percent while Pasco and Manatee had positivity rates of about 4 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was around 3 percent.

As of Thursday’s count, Hillsborough had 143,624 cases and 1,855 deaths, Pinellas had 81,533 cases and 1,696 deaths, Polk had 71,255 cases and 1,401 deaths, Manatee had 39,965 cases and 703 deaths, Pasco had 42,933 cases and 812 deaths, Hernando had 14,635 cases and 489 deaths, and Citrus had 11,418 cases and 468 deaths.

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