Florida adds 2,331 coronavirus cases, 42 deaths
Florida added 2,331 coronavirus cases Saturday, bringing the total number of infections since March to 802,547 cases.
The weekly case average dropped to about 3,757 cases announced per day. In the past week, Florida has averaged about 71,855 tests processed each day.
The state also announced 42 people dead from the virus. Over nearly eight months, 16,969 people across the state have died from coronavirus.
The weekly death average declined to about 50 people per day.
Hospitalizations: About 2,350 people are hospitalized across Florida with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 475 are in the Tampa Bay area.
Statewide, about 24 percent of hospital beds and ICU beds are available. In Tampa Bay, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of ICU beds are open. The largest area hospital, Tampa General Hospital, only had one ICU bed available as of Saturday morning.
Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased by 156 admissions.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 5 percent, according to both the Florida Department of Health and Johns Hopkins University.
The data used by Johns Hopkins for positivity recently changed. Where before it counted only a person’s first test, it now better reflects retests.
If the positivity rate is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases. The World Health Organization set a recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below in the spring.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 419 coronavirus cases and seven deaths Saturday.
Three deaths were recorded in Polk, and two were recorded in both Hernando and Pinellas. The state retracted four deaths from Hillsborough.
Polk, Manatee and Hillsborough lead the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at 6 percent. Citrus, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas have a rate of 5 percent.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 48,287 cases and 821 deaths; Pinellas has 25,986 cases and 827 deaths; Polk has 23,164 cases and 625 deaths; Manatee has 13,463 cases and 332 deaths; Pasco has 10,972 cases and 245 deaths; Hernando has 3,772 cases and 176 deaths; and Citrus has 3,275 cases and 136 deaths.
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