Florida added 4,044 coronavirus cases Saturday, the highest single-day increase since Aug. 22, excluding two days with abnormal case counts because of data irregularities.
The cases bring Florida’s total number of infections to 752,481 cases. The state also announced 88 people dead from the virus, bringing the total number of statewide deaths to 16,118.
The two days with higher single-day cases include when Quest Diagnostics unloaded 75,000 tests to the state and when the state didn’t report the coronavirus updates because of an influx of tests from a private lab.
The number of cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 117 admissions.
Hospitalizations: Just under 2,100 people are hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus in Florida, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 450 are in the Tampa Bay area.
The number of people hospitalized across the state has ticked slightly upward, the first time since July there has been an increase.
Across Florida, about 25 percent of hospital beds and 24 percent of Intensive Care Unit beds are available. In Tampa Bay, about 21 percent of hospital beds and 22 percent of ICU beds are available.
Positivity: Florida’s average weekly positivity rate is about 13 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The positivity rate can indicate if there’s enough testing in the area to capture mild and asymptomatic cases. In the spring, the World Health Organization set a recommendation for a 5 percent positivity rate or below to reopen with more caution.
The Florida Department of Health, which calculates positivity by counting negative retests but not positive retests, puts the weekly average at about 5 percent.
Local numbers: The Tampa Bay area added 926 coronavirus cases and 21 deaths Saturday.
Seven deaths were reported in Hillsborough, five were in Pinellas, four were in Polk, two were in Manatee and one was recorded each in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco.
Polk, Pinellas, Hernando and Hillsborough have an average weekly positivity rate of about 5 percent, while Citrus, Manatee and Pasco have a rate of about 4 percent.
As of the latest counts, Hillsborough has 45,275 cases and 750 deaths; Pinellas has 23,982 cases and 802 deaths; Polk has 21,713 cases and 584 deaths; Manatee has 12,488 cases and 321 deaths; Pasco has 10,169 cases and 224 deaths; Hernando has 3,425 cases and 155 deaths; and Citrus has 3,030 cases and 127 deaths.
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