Florida reported 4,151 coronavirus cases on Monday, bringing the total number of cases detected to 1,872,923.
The weekly case average increased slightly to about 5,991 infections announced per day. Just over 72,000 tests were processed Sunday, resulting in a single-day positivity rate of 6.82 percent.
The Florida Department of Health also announced 161 additional deaths from the virus. Since March, 30,595 people in Florida have died. The weekly death average remained the same Monday at about 166 people announced dead per day.
On Monday, the U.S. surpassed 500,000 coronavirus-related deaths, a grim milestone as the the world nears the one-year anniversary of the start of the pandemic.
Vaccinations: In Florida, 2,698,591 people have been vaccinated, an increase of 4,638 from the day prior. Of the total, 1,398,394 have received both shots.
In Hillsborough County, 130,781 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 127,230; in Polk, 64,457; in Manatee, 45,594; in Pasco, 59,325; in Hernando, 21,909; and in Citrus, 23,362.
Hospitalizations: About 4,175 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 820 are in the Tampa Bay area.
About 24 percent of Florida’s hospital beds and 23 percent of intensive care unit beds were available. Locally, about 23 percent of hospital beds and 26 percent of ICU beds were open.
The number of cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 150 admissions.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity is about 7 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. It is one of 24 states that does not meet the World Health Organization’s recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below before loosening movement restrictions.
When positivity is too high, it can indicate there isn’t enough widespread testing to capture mild, asymptomatic and mild cases.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 780 coronavirus cases and 30 deaths Monday.
Fifteen deaths were recorded in Pinellas County, seven in Hillsborough, five in Hernando, two in Citrus and one in Polk. One death in Pasco County was removed. This removal indicates that the person who died was not a resident or their death was determined to have been caused by something other than COVID-19. No new deaths were recorded in Manatee County.
Hernando County leads the area with an average weekly positivity rate of 9 percent, followed by Citrus, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk at 8 percent, Pinellas at 7 percent and Manatee at 6 percent.
As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 109,174 cases and 1,471 deaths; Pinellas has 65,191 cases and 1,442 deaths; Polk has 55,986 cases and 1,116 deaths; Manatee has 31,173 cases and 585 deaths; Pasco has 32,662 cases and 637 deaths; Hernando has 11,034 cases and 398 deaths; and Citrus has 9,585 cases and 389 deaths.
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