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                Florida adds 5,975 coronavirus cases, 138 deaths Friday

                The state’s positivity rate was 6.3 percent. Florida is approaching 2 million confirmed cases.
                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,426 infections and 133 deaths per day this week.
                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,426 infections and 133 deaths per day this week. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and IVY CEBALLO | Times ]
                Published Mar. 5
                Updated Mar. 5

                Florida reported 5,975 coronavirus cases and 138 deaths Friday. The total number of reported statewide deaths since March now stands at 32,093.

                The state has seen 1,936,207 cases of COVID-19 through the year-long pandemic.

                On average, the Florida Department of Health has reported about 5,426 infections and 133 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 116,000 tests on Thursday, with a daily positivity rate of about 5.1 percent.

                Vaccinations: Florida has vaccinated 3,362,212 people, according to Friday’s report, with 43,292 people receiving their first shot of a two-dose vaccine on Thursday and 24,637 completing a COVID-19 vaccine series. So far, 1,851,110 people have received both doses of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, while 1,509,746 people have received just one dose. A total of 1,356 people have received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

                In Hillsborough County, 160,862 people have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 163,501; in Pasco, 74,495; in Manatee, 66,919; in Polk, 82,995; in Hernando, 27,684; and in Citrus, 27,837.

                Hospitalizations: As of Friday, Florida hospitals were treating 3,419 patients for COVID-19, including 715 people in the Tampa Bay region.

                The health department reported 302 new admissions Friday, including 49 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 6.3 percent Friday, 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 32 states currently have a positivity rate below 5 percent.

                Local numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,080 cases and 23 deaths Friday.

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

                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 113,045 cases and 1,553 deaths, Pinellas has 67,554 cases and 1,486 deaths, Polk has 57,852 cases and 1,172 deaths, Manatee has 32,443 cases and 618 deaths, Pasco has 33,888 cases and 670 deaths, Hernando has 11,521 cases and 408 deaths, and Citrus has 9,850 cases and 414 deaths.

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