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                Florida adds 7,179 coronavirus cases, 140 deaths Tuesday

                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,652 infections and 135 deaths per day this week.
                Florida's positivity rate on Tuesday was 6.2 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.
                Florida's positivity rate on Tuesday was 6.2 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
                Published Mar. 2
                Updated Mar. 2

                Florida reported 7,179 coronavirus cases and 140 deaths Tuesday, bringing the total number of deaths statewide since March to 31,696.

                The state has seen 1,918,100 COVID-19 cases through the year-long pandemic. Florida’s first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported on March, 1, 2020, in Hillsborough and Manatee counties.

                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,652 infections and 135 deaths per day this week. 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 124,000 tests on Monday, with a daily positivity rate of about 5.7 percent.

                Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 3,084,403 people, according to Tuesday’s report, with 24,241 people receiving their first dose on Monday and 11,154 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,723,722 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,360,681 people have received just one dose.

                In Hillsborough County, 147,011 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 148,723; in Pasco, 67,489; in Manatee, 57,456; in Polk, 73,808; in Hernando, 25,349; and in Citrus, 25,583.

                Hospitalizations: As of Tuesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,673 patients for COVID-19, including 754 people in the Tampa Bay region.

                The health department reported 313 new admissions Tuesday, including 50 admissions locally.

                About 22 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult intensive care unit beds were available statewide. In Tampa Bay, about 19 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

                Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6.2 percent Tuesday, 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 that testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic and negative cases.

                The District of Columbia and 30 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

                Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,217 cases and 51 deaths Tuesday.

                Hillsborough County added 15 deaths, while Polk added 10 deaths. Pasco reported nine deaths and Manatee recorded seven. Pinellas and Hernando counties added five deaths each. There were no new deaths in Citrus County.

                Hernando, Hillsborough and Pasco counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Citrus, Polk and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent. Pinellas County’s positivity rate was just over 5 percent.

                As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 111,990 cases and 1,537 deaths, Pinellas has 66,894 cases and 1,469 deaths, Polk has 57,339 cases and 1,158 deaths, Manatee has 32,089 cases and 611 deaths, Pasco has 33,551 cases and 664 deaths, Hernando has 11,370 cases and 408 deaths, and Citrus has 9,791 cases and 407 deaths.

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