Florida added 5,558 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest number recorded in a single day since August 15, excluding two days when health officials noted irregularities in reporting.
Thursday’s caseload brings the total number of infections recorded statewide to 768,091, according to the Florida Department of Health. The average weekly number of cases has increased to around 3,300 cases per day. Thursday also showed higher test levels than usual, with more than 100,000 tests processed.
The state also added 57 coronavirus-related deaths, reducing the weekly average of deaths to around 77 people reported dead per day. Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees said on Wednesday the Department of Health would be implementing an additional review of coronavirus deaths, although it was not immediately clear what the new review policy would involve or how it would affect the daily reports of the state.
Across Florida, 16,470 people have died from the virus since March.
The two irregular days came when Quest Diagnostics unloaded a backlog of 75,000 tests at the health department on September 1 and when the state did not release a report on October 10, pushing two days of information into the day. following.
Hospitalizations: About 2,100 people in Florida are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Agency for Healthcare Administration. About 460 of them are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.
Statewide, about 24% of hospital beds and 23% of intensive care unit beds were available as of Thursday. In Tampa Bay, about 21% of hospital beds and 19% of intensive care beds were available.
Cases leading to hospitalization increased by 141 admissions.
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Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is around 12%, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Florida Department of Health, which calculates positivity by counting negative retests and not positive retests, determined the positivity rate to be around 5%.
When the positivity is too high, it may indicate that there is not enough widespread testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases. The World Health Organization recommends a positivity rate of 5% or less for two weeks before reopening.
Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,011 coronavirus cases and 11 deaths on Thursday.
Seven deaths were recorded in Pinellas County, three in Hernando and one in the manatee. No new deaths have been reported in Hillsborough, Polk or Pasco counties.
Polk leads the area with the highest average weekly positivity rate at 7%, followed by Hillsborough with 6% and all other counties in the region with 5%.
According to the latest figures, Hillsborough has 46,300 cases and 760 deaths; Pinellas has 24,650 cases and 816 deaths; Polk has 22,256 cases and 595 deaths; The manatee has 12,761 cases and 326 deaths; Pasco has 10,406 cases and 228 deaths; Hernando has 3,531 cases and 166 deaths; and Citrus has 3,091 cases and 131 deaths.
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