Florida reported 4,853 coronavirus cases and 62 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of reported statewide deaths to 32,543.
The state has seen 1,957,586 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.
On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 4,782 infections and 102 deaths per day this week. It can take officials up to two weeks to confirm and report a coronavirus-related death, meaning the number of deaths added does not necessarily reflect the number of people who died the previous day.
The health department processed more than 93,000 tests on Tuesday, with a daily positivity rate of about 5.2 percent.
Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 3,784,870 people, according to Wednesday’s report, with 41,767 people receiving their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Tuesday and 24,475 completing a vaccine series. So far, 2,006,204 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 1,753,286 people have received just one dose. A total of 25,380 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
In Hillsborough County, 193,347 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 180,667; in Pasco, 83,728; in Manatee, 75,735; in Polk, 98,522; in Hernando, 29,639; and in Citrus, 32,098.
Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,216 patients for COVID-19, including 659 people in the Tampa Bay region.
The health department reported 238 new admissions Wednesday, including 47 admissions locally.
About 22 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.
Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 11.9 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
On Monday, the university announced it changed how it interprets coronavirus-related data used to generate positivity rates and other metrics. The program previously used data from the year-long Covid Tracking Project, which ended Sunday. The university now collects public data.
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 that testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.
The District of Columbia and 28 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 906 cases and five deaths Wednesday.
Hernando and Polk counties added two deaths each. Citrus County added one death. There were no new deaths in Pasco County.
Several counties also removed deaths from their counts, meaning the people who died weren’t residents or the deaths were not coronavirus related. Hillsborough County removed 10 deaths from its count, Manatee removed five and Pinellas removed one.
Hillsborough and Hernando counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Pasco, Manatee and Polk counties reported positivity rates of 6 percent. Pinellas and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 5 percent.
As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 114,422 cases and 1,565 deaths, Pinellas has 68,258 cases and 1,495 deaths, Polk has 58,434 cases and 1,192 deaths, Manatee has 32,910 cases and 630 deaths, Pasco has 34,271 cases and 673 deaths, Hernando has 11,696 cases and 427 deaths, and Citrus has 9,925 cases and 414 deaths.
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