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Florida adds 3,116 coronavirus cases, 146 deaths Tuesday

Florida added 3,116 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, bringing the total statewide to 668,846 infections logged since March, according to the Florida Department of Health.

The state also added 146 deaths, bringing the weekly death average up to 126 people dead per day. The weekly death average jumped on Tuesday because it still includes a higher toll from the Wednesday after Labor Day.

Since the first death was reported about six months ago, 12,946 people statewide have died from COVID-19.

The number of coronavirus cases that led to hospitalization increased by 281 admissions Tuesday.

Hospitalizations: About 2,630 people were in the hospital with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus on Tuesday, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 460 of those are in the Tampa Bay area.

About 26 percent of hospital beds and 25 percent of the state’s intensive care unit beds are available in hospitals across the state. In Tampa Bay, about 24 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of ICU beds were open.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 peaked in mid-July, with about 9,500 people seeking treatment.

Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate was 13 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Florida Department of Health calculates positivity differently, by counting negative retests but not positive retests. Based on those metrics, the average weekly positivity was 5 percent on Tuesday.

Positivity can be used to gauge whether enough testing is being done in a region to capture mild and asymptomatic cases.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 445 coronavirus cases and 26 deaths Tuesday.

Ten of the deaths were in Pinellas County. Six each were reported in Polk and Hillsborough counties and two were reported in both Citrus and Hernando counties.

Polk and Citrus continue to lead the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at about 6 percent, followed by Hillsborough at 5 percent, Hernando at 4 percent, and Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas at 3 percent.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 39,751 cases and 596 deaths; Pinellas has 21,081 cases and 714 deaths; Polk has 18,612 cases and 497 deaths; Manatee has 10,972 cases and 276 deaths; Pasco has 8,600 cases and 196 deaths; Hernando has 2,901 cases and 108 deaths; and Citrus has 2,493 cases and 75 deaths.

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