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                Florida adds 6,014 coronavirus cases, 133 deaths Wednesday

                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,493 infections and 136 deaths per day this week
                Florida's positivity rate Wednesday was 6 percent.
                Florida's positivity rate Wednesday was 6 percent. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and DIRK SHADD | Times ]
                Published Mar. 3
                Updated Mar. 3

                Florida reported 6,014 coronavirus cases and 133 deaths Wednesday, bringing the total number of deaths statewide since March to 31,829.

                The state has seen 1,924,114 COVID-19 cases through the year-long pandemic.

                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,493 infections and 136 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 81,000 tests on Tuesday, with a daily positivity rate of about 6.8 percent.

                Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 3,174,162 people, according to Wednesday’s report, with 34,371 people receiving their first dose on Tuesday and 17,314 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,773,638 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,400,524 people have received just one dose.

                In Hillsborough County, 151,336 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 153,459; in Pasco, 69,865; in Manatee, 60,701; in Polk, 76,858; in Hernando, 26,403; and in Citrus, 26,221.

                Hospitalizations: As of Wednesday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,597 patients for COVID-19, including 755 people in the Tampa Bay region.

                The health department reported 306 new admissions Wednesday, including 44 admissions locally.

                About 21 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 18 percent of adult ICU beds were open.

                Positivity: Florida’s positivity rate was about 6 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 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 867 cases and 22 deaths Wednesday.

                Pinellas County added eight deaths while Manatee reported five deaths. There were four new deaths in Hillsborough and three in Pasco. Polk added two deaths. There were no new deaths in Hernando and Citrus counties.

                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 112,267 cases and 1,541 deaths, Pinellas has 67,061 cases and 1,477 deaths, Polk has 57,496 cases and 1,160 deaths, Manatee has 32,176 cases and 616 deaths, Pasco has 33,658 cases and 667 deaths, Hernando has 11,419 cases and 408 deaths, and Citrus has 9,814 cases and 407 deaths.

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