Tampa Bay Times

Florida adds 6,906 cases and 50 deaths

- BY NATALIE WEBER Times Staff Writer Contact Natalie Weber at nweber@tampabay.com.

Florida reported 6,906 coronaviru­s cases and 50 deaths Saturday. The total number of reported statewide deaths is now 34,676.

The state has seen 2,118,713 cases of COVID-19 during the 13 month pandemic.

On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,954 infections and 53 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 98,000 tests on Friday, reporting a daily positivity rate of about 6.9 percent.

VACCINATIO­NS: Florida has distribute­d at least one dose of a coronaviru­s vaccine to 6,942,405 people, according to Saturday’s report. There were 51,408 people who received their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Friday and 80,471 who completed a vaccine series. So far, 3,789,666 people have received both doses of the

Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 2,751,892 people have received just one dose. A total of 400,847 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In Hillsborou­gh County, 422,966 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 344,905; in Pasco, 159,621; in Manatee, 139,618; in Polk, 181,894; in Hernando, 55,891; and in Citrus, 52,313.

HOSPITALIZ­ATIONS: As of Saturday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,016 patients for COVID-19, including 725 people in the Tampa Bay region.

The health department reported 193 new admissions Saturday, including 44 admissions locally.

About 23 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

POSITIVITY: Florida’s positivity rate was about 9.7 percent Saturday, 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.

LOCAL NUMBERS: Tampa Bay added 1,425 cases and 11 deaths Saturday.

Hillsborou­gh and Pasco counties had weekly average positivity rates of about 9 percent as of Saturday. Polk and Hernando counties had positivity rates of about 8 percent. Pinellas and Citrus counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Manatee County had a positivity rate of about 6 percent.

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