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COVID risk still ‘high’ in Tampa Bay despite dropping cases

The COVID-19 pandemic by the numbers in Florida, covering the period of Aug. 12-18.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at "high" risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The "medium" risk counties are colored yellow and "low" risk counties are green.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's community chart on Friday shows many Florida counties are at "high" risk of COVID-19. Those are the ones colored orange. The "medium" risk counties are colored yellow and "low" risk counties are green. [ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ]
Published Aug. 19|Updated Aug. 19

COVID-19 cases continued to fall in Florida over the last week, but much of the state is still at “high” risk from the virus.

The state averaged 6,484 cases per day during the seven-day period from Aug. 12-18, down 40% in two weeks. Florida hospitals had 3,539 confirmed COVID-19 patients on Friday, down another 10% from the week before.

Despite decreasing cases and hospitalizations, Tampa Bay remains at “high” risk of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means all residents, regardless of age or health, are recommended to wear a well-fitting mask in all public indoor areas.

Much of the Panhandle and northeast coast has been downgraded to “medium” risk, which means that only those with preexisting conditions are encouraged to wear a mask indoors.

The CDC still recommends that those who are exposed to an infection wear a mask and get tested as soon as possible. People who test positive still should isolate for at least five days, regardless of vaccination status.

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Overall numbers

45,386: Number of cases reported in Florida over the most recent seven-day period from Aug. 12-18.

6,484: Average cases a day during that time period last week, down 16% from the prior week.

6,954,834: Total number of cases recorded in Florida.

461: Number of deaths reported in the past week.

79,017: Total pandemic deaths in Florida.

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Vaccinations

30,088: Vaccinations (first or second doses) administered in the past week, down 17% compared to the previous week.

81%: Total Florida population that is at least partially vaccinated.

68%: Total Florida population that is fully vaccinated.

79%: Total U.S. population that is at least partially vaccinated.

67%: Total U.S. population that is fully vaccinated.

14,926: Booster doses administered in Florida in the last week, down 20% compared to the previous week.

28%: Total Florida population that is boosted.

33%: Total U.S. population that is boosted.

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Positivity rates, by state and area county

20%: Florida, down from 21.4% last week.

24.1%: Hernando

23.7%: Manatee

22.7%: Citrus

22.6%: Polk

18.3%: Pasco

17.7%: Hillsborough

15%: Pinellas

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Hospitalizations

3,539: Florida hospitalizations, down 10% compared to the prior week.

1,082: Tampa Bay admissions, down 13% compared to the prior week.

Related: Florida to ban Medicaid coverage for transgender health care
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Local cases

9,368: Cases in Tampa Bay, down 40% compared to the prior week.

1,276,713: Total cases in Tampa Bay to date.

132: Deaths in Tampa Bay.

16,602: Total deaths in Tampa Bay to date.

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How to get tested

Florida: The Department of Health has a list of test sites.

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

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine is being administered at clinics, doctors’ offices, public health offices and retail pharmacies. 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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