Florida added 5,558 coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest number recorded since August 15 in a single day, except for two days where health officials noted irregularities in reporting.
According to Florida’s Department of Health, Thursday’s statewide total number of infections recorded statewide is 768,091. The number of weekly average cases reached about 3,300 cases per day. Thursday also showed higher levels than normal testing, with more than 100,000 tests processed.
The state also added 57 coronovirus-related deaths, leading to a weekly death average of around 77 people declared dead per day. On Wednesday, Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkes said the Department of Health would implement an additional review of coronovirus deaths, though it was not immediately clear what the new review policy would be or how it would affect the state’s daily reports.
Since March, 16,470 people in Florida have died of the virus.
Two erratic days occurred when Quest Diagnostics unloaded a backlog of 75,000 tests to the Department of Health on 1 September and when the state failed to issue a report on 10 October, pushing two days of information into the following day.
admitted to hospital: According to the Agency for Health Care Administration, approximately 2,100 people in Florida have been hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus. About 460 people are hospitalized in the Tampa Bay area.
About 24 percent of statewide hospital beds and 23 percent of intensive care unit beds were available on Thursday. About 21 percent of hospital beds and 19 percent of ICU beds were available in Tampa Bay.
Cases that resulted in a hospitalization increased to 141 admissions.
Positivity: Florida has an average weekly positivity rate of about 12 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The Florida Department of Health, which calculates positivity by counting negative retts and not positive retreats, set the positivity rate around 5 percent.
When positivity becomes too high, it may indicate that there is not enough extensive testing to catch mild and asymptomatic cases. The World Health Organization recommends a 5 percent positivity rate or below for two weeks before reopening.
Local Number: In Tampa Bay, there were 1,011 coronavirus viruses and 11 deaths on Thursday.
Seven deaths were recorded in Pinellas County, three in Hernando and one in Manatee. There were no new deaths in the Hillsborough, Polk or Pasco counties.
Polk leads the region with the highest average weekly positivity of 7 percent, followed by Hillsborough at 6 percent and the other areas at 5 percent.
According to the latest calculations, Hillsborough has 46,300 cases and 760 deaths; Pinellas has 24,650 cases and 816 deaths; Polk has 22,256 cases and 595 deaths; Manatee has 12,761 cases and 326 deaths; Pasco has 10,406 cases and 228 deaths; Hernando has 3,531 cases and 166 deaths; And citrus has 3,091 cases and 131 deaths.
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