Florida added 5,558 cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the highest number recorded in a single day since August 15, except for two days when health officials noted reporting irregularities.
According to the Florida Department of Health, the number of cases on Thursday brings the total number of infections recorded at the state level to 76,8091. The average weekly number of cases jumped to about 3,300 a day. Thursday also showed higher than normal test levels, with more than 100,000 tests.
The state also added 57 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the average weekly death toll to about 77 people with deaths every day. On Wednesday, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rifkes said the Department of Health will implement Additional review of coronavirus deaths, Although it was not immediately clear what the new review policy would entail or how it would affect the country’s daily reporting.
Across Florida, 16,470 people have died from the virus since March.
The two irregular days occurred when The Task Diagnostic tool unloaded a backlog From 75,000 tests to the Ministry of Health on September 1 and when the state Failed to issue a report On October 10, the two days of information pushed to the next day.
Hospitalization: About 2,100 people in Florida have been hospitalized with a preliminary diagnosis of coronavirus, according to the Health Care Management Agency. About 460 of these were hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.
Statewide, about 24 percent of hospital beds and 23 percent of ICU beds were made available on Thursday. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of intensive care beds were provided.
The cases leading to hospitalization increased by 141 cases.
Positivity: The average weekly positivity rate in Florida is about 12 percent. According to Johns Hopkins University.
The Florida Department of Health, which calculates positivity by counting negative tests rather than positive tests, has set the positivity rate at around 5 percent.
When the positivity is so high it can indicate that there aren’t enough extensive testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases. The World Health Organization recommends a positive rate of 5 percent or less for two weeks before reopening.
Local Numbers: Tampa Bay added 1,011 cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths Thursday.
Seven deaths were recorded in Pinellas County, three in Hernando and one in Manatee. No new deaths were reported in Hillsboro, Polk, or Pasco counties.
Polk leads the region with the highest average weekly positive rate at 7 percent, followed by Hillsborough at 6 percent and every other county at 5 percent.
As of the most recent stats, Hillsborough has 46,300 cases and 760 deaths; Penelas has registered 24,650 cases and 816 deaths. Polk has 22,256 cases and 595 deaths. Manatee has 12,761 cases and 326 deaths. Pasco City has recorded 10,406 cases and 228 deaths. Hernando has 3,531 cases and 166 deaths. Citrus fruits have recorded 3,091 cases and 131 deaths.
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