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Florida adds 5,885 coronavirus cases, 42 deaths Wednesday

Florida reported 5,885 coronavirus cases and 42 deaths Wednesday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,476.

The state has seen 2,096,747 cases of COVID-19 as the pandemic enters its 13th month.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,573 infections and 58 deaths per day over the past seven days. 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 83,000 tests on Tuesday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 7 percent.

Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 6,630,107 people, according to Wednesday’s report. There were 54,203 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Tuesday and 73,788 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 3,581,950 people have received both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,715,857 people have received just one dose. A total of 332,300 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Roughly 3.9 million people have completed a coronavirus vaccine series, or nearly one in five Floridians.

In Hillsborough County, 399,556 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 331,280; in Pasco, 152,048; in Manatee, 136,229; in Polk, 173,711; in Hernando, 53,959; and in Citrus, 50,513.

Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,106 patients for COVID-19, including 727 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 235 new admissions Wednesday, including 73 admissions locally.

About 22 percent of hospital beds and 21 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 20 percent of hospital beds and 18 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.5 percent Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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 testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

The District of Columbia and 27 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,227 cases and two deaths Wednesday.

Both new deaths were in Pasco County. Hernando removed two deaths from its count, while Hillsborough removed one death, meaning they were not coronavirus-related or the people who died were not residents. Pinellas, Polk, Citrus and Manatee counties did not add any coronavirus-related deaths.

Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Wednesday. Polk County had a positivity rate of about 8 percent. Pinellas, Manatee and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent.

As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 124,636 cases and 1,644 deaths, Pinellas has 73,828 cases and 1,578 deaths, Polk has 62,402 cases and 1,295 deaths, Manatee has 35,534 cases and 648 deaths, Pasco has 37,272 cases and 706 deaths, Hernando has 12,687 cases and 451 deaths, and Citrus has 10,457 cases and 439 deaths.

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