Florida officials reported 10,629 coronavirus cases over the seven-day period from June 11 to June 17. That brings the total number of cases up to 2,310,881 since the pandemic’s first two cases in Florida were reported more than 15 months ago on March 1, 2020.
The state added 290 deaths in the past week, bringing the total statewide number of deaths since the pandemic began to 37,555.
The Florida Department of Health announced earlier this month ago that it would no longer release daily COVID-19 data. Instead, it is now releasing a weekly report every Friday, but has withheld some information that was publicly available before.
The state said 43 deaths were confirmed in the past seven days. It can take officials up to two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death, meaning the total number of deaths added does not necessarily reflect the number of people who died the previous week.
As of June 4, the state no longer reports non-resident vaccinations, coronavirus cases and fatalities. State officials have declined repeated requests to provide non-resident data to the Tampa Bay Times.
“Florida is transitioning into the next phase of the COVID-19 response, and has shifted reporting to parallel this,” the Florida Department of Health said in an email to the Times. “Among reportable diseases monitored by the department, such as HIV and Hepatitis, it is not typical to calculate cases for non-Florida residents.”
Florida is the only state that updates its coronavirus caseload and data once a week. Although weekly reports can be more reliable than daily updates, experts warn that infrequent data updates may delay identification of emerging trends.
Vaccinations: Florida administered 373,438 vaccines in the past week, over 53,000 vaccinations per day on average. The number of first doses administered continued to fall to 123,414 this week down from 141,992 two weeks ago and over 150,000 doses the week before.
So far 56 percent of Florida residents age 12 and up have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the state, up from 55 percent last week.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 63 percent of Florida’s adults age 18 and up have been vaccinated. President Joe Biden has set a goal of getting 70 percent of U.S. adults at least partially vaccinated by July 4.
More than 80 percent of Floridians over the age of 65 and 72 percent of those ages 60 to 64 have been vaccinated, according to state data. Meanwhile, only one-quarter of those 12 to 19 and about one-third of those ages 20 to 29 have received shots.
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In Hillsborough County, 52 percent of residents age 12 and up have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 55 percent; in Pasco, 52 percent; in Manatee, 55 percent; in Polk, 48 percent; in Hernando, 47 percent; and in Citrus, 50 percent.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 3.3 percent in the past week.
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.
In the Tampa Bay area, the positivity rate was 4.7 percent in Hillsborough, 2.7 percent in Pinellas, 4 percent in Polk, 4.0 percent in Manatee, 3.9 percent in Pasco, 5 percent in Hernando, and 3.8 percent in Citrus.
Hospitalizations: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,760 new hospital admissions of confirmed COVID-19 patients from June 10 to June 16 in Florida, including 560 admissions in Tampa Bay.
There were 176 admissions in Hillsborough, 175 in Pinellas, 108 in Polk, 17 in Manatee, 45 in Pasco, 28 in Hernando, and 11 in Citrus.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 2,419 cases in the past week, bringing the total number of cases to 402,904.
As of Thursday’s count, Hillsborough added 884 new cases, Pinellas had 323 cases, Polk had 363 cases, Manatee had 153 cases, Pasco had 201 cases, Hernando had 92 cases, and Citrus had 41 cases.
The state no longer reports deaths by county. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties each recorded fewer than 10 confirmed COVID-19 related deaths in the past week. The federal agency does not report exact deaths by county when the count is under 10.
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