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Florida adds 14,148 COVID cases, 1,207 deaths in past week

The COVID-19 pandemic by the numbers in Florida covering the period of Feb. 25-March 3:
Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers.
Florida's weekly coronavirus numbers. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and KINFAY MOROTI | Times ] ]
Published Mar. 5|Updated Mar. 5

14,148: Number of new cases in Florida, according to the latest state report.

2,021: Average cases a day, a 45 percent drop compared to the previous week.

5,814,517: Total number of cases in Florida.

1,207: Number of new deaths, an increase of 319 compared to the previous week.

70,997: Total pandemic deaths in Florida.

Related: DeSantis mischaracterizes the efficacy of face masks in comments to students
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Vaccinations

22,586: Vaccines (first or second doses) administered last week — down 26 percent from the previous week.

74 percent: Florida residents 5 and up who are at least partially vaccinated.

70 percent: Total Florida population that is at least partially vaccinated.

81 percent: U.S. residents 5 and up who are at least partially vaccinated.

77 percent: Total U.S. population that is at least partially vaccinated.

15,427: Booster doses administered in Florida in the last week, a 24.7 percent drop compared to the previous week.

23 percent: Total Florida population that is boosted.

30 percent: Total U.S. population that is boosted.

Related: Why pregnant people were left behind by the COVID vaccine drive
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Positivity

3.3 percent: Florida, compared to the previous week’s 5.6 percent rate.

5.8 percent: Hernando.

5.5 percent: Citrus.

4.9 percent: Pasco.

4.3 percent: Manatee.

4 percent: Hillsborough.

3.9 percent: Pinellas.

3.7 percent: Polk.

Related: Pfizer shots protect kids from severe COVID during omicron wave
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Hospitalizations

2,080: Florida hospitalizations, a 30.7 percent drop compared to the previous week.

323: Tampa Bay admissions, a 69 percent drop from the previous week.

Related: Florida hospitals serving poor patients may lose millions in state budget
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Local cases

2.949: New cases in Tampa Bay, a 57 percent drop compared to the previous week.

1,064,524: Total cases in Tampa Bay to date.

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174: New deaths in Tampa Bay, a 32 percent drop compared to the previous week.

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How to get tested

Tampa Bay: The Times can help you find the free, public COVID-19 testing sites in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing sites in the state. Some information may be out of date.

The U.S.: The Department of Health and Human Services has a website that can help you find a testing site.

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up and booster shots for eligible recipients are being administered at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow appointments to be booked online. Here’s how to find a site near you:

Find a site: Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your ZIP code.

More help: Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline.

Phone: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish and other languages.

TTY: 888-720-7489

Disability Information and Access Line: Call 888-677-1199 or email DIAL@n4a.org.

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KIDS AND VACCINES: Got questions about vaccinating your kid? Here are some answers.

BOOSTER SHOTS: Confused about which COVID booster to get? This guide will help.

BOOSTER QUESTIONS: Are there side effects? Why do I need it? Here’s the answers to your questions.

PROTECTING SENIORS: Here’s how seniors can stay safe from the virus.

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