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                Florida adds 6,118 coronavirus cases, 126 deaths Thursday

                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,419 infections and 134 deaths per day this week.
                Florida's positivity rate was 6.2 percent Thursday.
                Florida's positivity rate was 6.2 percent Thursday. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and CHRIS URSO | Times ]
                Published Mar. 4
                Updated Mar. 4

                Florida reported 6,118 coronavirus cases and 126 deaths Thursday. The total number of reported statewide deaths since March now stands at 31,955.

                The state has seen 1,930,232 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,419 infections and 134 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 114,000 tests on Wednesday, with a daily positivity rate of about 5.4 percent.

                Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 3,258,997 people, according to Thursday’s report, with 36,505 people receiving their first dose on Wednesday and 17,860 people receiving the second dose. So far, 1,815,999 people have received both doses needed for immunity, while 1,442,998 people have received just one dose.

                In Hillsborough County, 155,677 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 157,470; in Pasco, 71,836; in Manatee, 63,598; in Polk, 78,199; in Hernando, 27,114; and in Citrus, 27,174.

                Hospitalizations: As of Thursday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,565 patients for COVID-19, including 740 people in the Tampa Bay region.

                The health department reported 322 new admissions Thursday, including 55 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 6.2 percent Thursday, 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 1,182 cases and 22 deaths Thursday.

                Polk County reported 12 deaths, while Pasco County recorded three deaths. Hillsborough, Pinellas and Citrus counties added two deaths each. Manatee County reported one new death. There were no new deaths in Hernando County.

                Hernando County’s positivity rate was about 8 percent. Hillsborough and Pasco counties had positivity rates of about 7 percent. Polk and Manatee counties had positivity rates of about 6 percent. Pinellas and Citrus counties had positivity rates just over 5 percent.

                As of the latest count, Hillsborough has 112,672 cases and 1,543 deaths, Pinellas has 67,359 cases and 1,479 deaths, Polk has 57,655 cases and 1,172 deaths, Manatee has 32,309 cases and 617 deaths, Pasco has 33,778 cases and 670 deaths, Hernando has 11,464 cases and 408 deaths, and Citrus has 9,836 cases and 409 deaths.

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