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Another 182 Floridians have died from COVID-19, state reports

The health department said it had also received another 8,502 new positive coronavirus test results on Aug. 6.

Saturday's report from the Florida Department of Health showed the state recorded another 8,502 positive cases of COVID-19 for Aug. 7.

That brings the total number of cases statewide to 526,577 since March.

Florida and California are the only states that have had more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus. California currently has had the most cases with more than 540,000.

The median age of Floridians testing positive for the virus as of Saturday morning was 42.

The health department also reported 182 more Floridians and 5 non-residents had died after testing positive for coronavirus. That brings the total to 8,109 Floridians and 129 non-residents who have died after testing positive since the pandemic began.

That does not necessarily mean all those people died on Aug. 7, but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the numbers to the report that day. The state's daily line-by-line report, which you can read here, lists coronavirus deaths by the date the people tested positive for the virus, not the date they passed. 

The state's report released on July 31 of 257 newly confirmed deaths was the highest seen from the state in a single day's report. Florida reported 3,588 new deaths (Floridians and non-residents) just in July. That is more than 50 percent of the total number of deaths reported by the state.

As for testing, Saturday's report showed 99,725 test results were returned from labs on Aug. 7. Of those tests, 9.91 percent were positive for COVID-19.

It's important to note, testing sites on Florida's east coast were closed for several days last week because of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Isaias. Those sites reopened Monday morning.

When it comes to hospitalizations, 6,930 people were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of 10:30 a.m. Saturday. And, 1,224 of them are in the Tampa Bay area.

A total of 30,251 people in Florida have been hospitalized at some point during the pandemic.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

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Here's a breakdown of the new coronavirus cases reported to the state:

  • June 21: 2,926 
  • June 22: 3,286
  • June 23: 5,508
  • June 24: 5,004
  • June 25: 8,942
  • June 26: 9,585
  • June 27: 8,530
  • June 28: 5,266
  • June 29: 6,093
  • June 30: 6,563
  • July 1: 10,109
  • July 2: 9,488
  • July 3: 11,458 
  • July 4: 10,059
  • July 5: 6,336
  • July 6: 7,347
  • July 7: 9,989
  • July 8: 8,935
  • July 9: 11,433
  • July 10: 10,360
  • July 11: 15,300
  • July 12: 12,624
  • July 13: 9,194
  • July 14: 10,181
  • July 15: 13,965
  • July 16: 11,466
  • July 17: 10,328
  • July 18: 12,478
  • July 19: 10,347
  • July 20: 9,440
  • July 21: 9,785
  • July 22: 10,249
  • July 23: 12,444
  • July 24: 12,199
  • July 25: 9,344
  • July 26: 8,892
  • July 27: 9,230
  • July 28: 9,446
  • July 29: 9,956
  • July 30: 8,989
  • July 31: 9,643
  • August 1: 7,104
  • August 2: 4,752
  • August 3: 5,446
  • August 4: 5,409
  • August 5: 7,650
  • August 6: 7,686
  • August 7: 8,502
Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

Breaking down the numbers

The highest single-day case number Florida has reported so far is 15,300 for July 11.

The World Health Organization and infectious disease experts around the globe have recommended a positivity rate of 5 percent or lower for a 14-day span in order to be comfortable reopening

Florida has not seen a positivity rate at 5 percent since the beginning of June. For more than a month, the state has reported positivity rates at double and even triple that recommended percentage.

Sunday's and Monday's reports for Aug. 1 and 2, respectively, showed positivity rates below 10 percent for the first time since June 24.

Florida remains in Phase Two of reopening, which began June 5.

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

Hospitalizations and ICU bed availability

Cases are climbing, but what about hospitalizations?

Tracking hospitalizations got easier on July 10 when the Agency for Health Care Administration began publishing a spreadsheet with the number of people currently checked-in for coronavirus-related complications in Florida. The data only includes people whose "primary diagnosis" was COVID-19.

As of 10:45 a.m. Saturday, 6,910 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 1,218 of them were in the Tampa Bay area. Those numbers are frequently updated, and you can click here for the most recent data, which is also broken down by county.

Since the pandemic began, the state confirms a total of 30,251 residents were hospitalized at some point during their illness.

The Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) also updates total hospital bed and ICU availability by county.

Click here for a breakdown of adult and pediatric ICU bed availability by county. You can also check ICU availability by the hospital.  

Hospitalizations around Tampa Bay and total staffed hospital bed capacity status: 

**Data as of 10:45 a.m. on August 8

Citrus:

  • 30 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 70 of 291 total staffed hospital beds are available

DeSoto:

  • 1 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 28 of 55 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hardee:

  • 0 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 4 of 25 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hernando:

  • 51 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 227 of 726 total staffed hospital beds are available

Highlands:

  • 49 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 61 of 266 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hillsborough:

  • 361 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 667 of 3,825  total staffed hospital beds are available

Manatee:

  • 76 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 152 of 743 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pasco:

  • 79 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 344 of 1,394 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pinellas: 

  • 252 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 674 of 2,866 total staffed hospital beds are available

Polk: 

  • 228 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 412 of 1,660 total staffed hospital beds are available

Sarasota: 

  • 91 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 265 of 1,190 total staffed hospital beds are available

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