Florida added 7,537 coronavirus cases and 165 deaths on Wednesday.
With just under 135,000 tests processed the day prior, the state’s single-day positivity rate was 6.59 percent.
Overall, Florida has recorded 1,798,280 coronavirus cases. The weekly average coronavirus caseload increased Wednesday to about 7,666 cases announced per day.
The Florida Department of Health has also tracked a total of 28,691 coronavirus-related deaths during the pandemic. The weekly death average decreased to about 174 people announced dead per day.
Vaccinations: As of Wednesday, 2,110,794 people in Florida have gotten a coronavirus vaccine, an increase of 53,640 from the day prior. The majority of those received their first of two needed doses, but 823,126 people have been fully immunized.
In Hillsborough, 99,561 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 97,930; in Polk, 44,341; in Manatee, 34,083; in Pasco, 42,237; in Hernando, 17,304; and in Citrus, 16,922.
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties continue to lead the state with the most people vaccinated.
Hospitalizations: Just under 5,000 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus statewide, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 930 are in the Tampa Bay area.
About 18 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 17 percent of its intensive care unit beds were available. In Tampa Bay, about 18 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of ICU beds were open. Tampa General and Morton Plant hospitals had only a handful of ICU beds open as of Wednesday afternoon.
The number of cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 285 admissions.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 8 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 27 states that do not meet the World Health Organization recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.
When positivity is too high, it indicates there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,243 coronavirus cases and 35 deaths Wednesday.
Fourteen deaths were recorded in Pinellas County, eight came from Hernando, six each were in Hillsborough and Pasco counties and Polk County recorded one. Three deaths in Citrus were removed, meaning the deaths were not coronavirus-related or the people who died were not residents. No new deaths were reported in Manatee County.
Citrus County continues to lead the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at about 11 percent. Polk follows at 9 percent, then Hernando at 8 percent, Hillsborough and Pasco at 7 percent and Pinellas and Manatee at 6 percent.
As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 104,604 cases and 1,392 deaths; Pinellas has 62,132 cases and 1,370 deaths; Polk has 53,316 cases and 1,038 deaths; Manatee has 29,828 cases and 517 deaths; Pasco has 31,007 cases and 603 deaths; Hernando has 10,442 cases and 367 deaths; and Citrus has 9,127 cases and 364 deaths.
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