Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.4 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,278 infections and 52 deaths per day over the past seven days.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 3,948 infections and 68 deaths per day over the past seven day.
About 38 percent of all U.S. adults are fully vaccinated and 55 percent have received at least one dose. But 8 percent skipped their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
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  1. In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, photo, staff move bio-waste containers past the entrance of the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center, where some infected with a new virus are being treated, in Wuhan, China.
  2. Florida recorded just under 2,000 coronavirus cases Monday
  3. COVID-19 vaccine is administered at Sadye Gibbs Martin Community Center in Plant City in March as part of an effort to make shots more accessible for Hispanic farm workers. A new survey says one-third of unvaccinated Hispanics say they want the shots, compared with 17 percent of Blacks and 16 percent of whites.
  4. “I’m delivering the science as the science is delivered to the medical journals. And it evolved," CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, shown in this photo from December, said on FOX News Sunday. “I deliver it as soon as I can when we have that information available.”
  5. Florida recorded more than 2,000 coronavirus cases Sunday
  6. Dr. Anthony Fauci, show in in this May 11 photo in Washington, told the graduates of Emory University in Atlanta that many members of minority groups work in essential jobs where they might be exposed to the coronavirus.
  7. A woman wears a face mask to protect from the spread of COVID-19 ahead of the Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday.
  8. Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.4 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  9. People listen while several organizers speak outside St. Petersburg City Hall ahead of a march in solidarity against racism and police brutality in April. A new study is examining the role of structural racism in the city.
  10. Lauren Bergold, 36, of Tampa, chats with hazel + dot owner, Allison Bernardi, while shopping for her new baby. Bergold felt comfortable with shopping unmasked at Bernardi’s store where going unmasked recently became okay due to the CDC guidelines changing for fully vaccinated people. A sign on the store’s door asks that unvaccinated people please wear a mask. “I wanted to give it a try here,” said Bergold about going maskless at Hazel + Dot, adding that going without a mask still feels “Vulnerable, a little uncomfortable.” Friday, May 14, 2021 in Tampa.
  11. A customer exits a corner market while wearing a protective mask in the retail shopping district of the SoHo neighborhood of the Manhattan borough of New York, Friday, May 14, 2021.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo has yet to say whether he will change his state’s mask mandate in light of new federal guidance that eases rules for fully vaccinated people.
  12. St. Petersburg officials figured out a way to preserve the expanded outdoor restaurant seating on street parking spots.
  13. Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.5 percent Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  14. The state revoked the license for Picket Fence Manor, a St. Petersburg assisted-living facility, last week. The sign in front of the building was taken down.
  15. When 76-year-old Geri Russo, of Pinellas Park, began her transition from male to female two years ago, a doctor told her she was too old. Russo is among those who stand to benefit from the Biden administration's decision, announced this week, to restore protections against discrimination in health care for gay and transgender patients.
  16. Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.6 percent Thursday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
  17. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky.
  18. The entrance to the one of the vaccine rooms at a Pinellas County health department site in April. The department has begun scheduling appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations for kids as young as 12.
  19. Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at a news conference in November. DeWine unveiled a lottery system on Wednesday to entice people to get COVID-19 shots, offering a weekly $1 million prize and full-ride college scholarships in a creative bid to overcome the vaccine hesitancy.
  20. Even before Wednesday's final approval of the Pfizer vaccine for kids 12 and up, some jurisdictions were giving out shots to that age group. Middle school student Elise Robinson receives her first coronavirus vaccination on Wednesday in in Decatur, Ga., where hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center.
  21. Tampa Bay added 718 cases and five deaths Wednesday.
  22. House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R- Palm Harbor, far left, and  Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Spring Hill, far right, listen as Gov. Ron DeSantis delivers his address during the joint session of the Florida Legislature at the Capitol in Tallahassee on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.
  23. Groups of younger people make their way through the parking lot and to the entrance at the FEMA-run vaccination site located at the Tampa Greyhound Track, on the first day the eligibility age dropped to 18 and up, Monday, April 5, 2021 in Tampa.