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Coronavirus in Florida: State reports 4,671 new cases, 37 deaths

The percent positivity for new cases is 6.85 percent.
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A healthcare worker takes a person's information before administering a dose of the Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, Wednesday, March 17, 2021, at the Miami-Dade County Tropical Park vaccination site in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida added 4,671 new coronavirus cases for April 24, according to the Florida Department of Health's latest report.

A total of 2,208,584 people in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

On Sunday, the state reported another 36 Floridians and one non-resident had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 34,848 residents and 686 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began – a total of 35,534 deaths in the state related to the virus. 

Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Saturday, but rather the state learned of their deaths and added the number to the report that day. The state's 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. 

Credit: Florida Department of Health

As for testing, the health department reported 6.85 percent of 83,809 test results returned from labs were positive for coronavirus through April 24. 

As for hospitalizations, 3,455 people in Florida were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of Sunday afternoon. Of those, 437 patients were in the Tampa Bay area. 

Statewide, a total of 89,457 people in Florida were hospitalized with the virus at some point during the pandemic.

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

  • April 1: 6,490
  • April 2: 6,017
  • April 3: 4,794
  • April 4 : 3,480
  • April 5: 5,556
  • April 6: 5,885 
  • April 7: 7,939
  • April 8: 7,121
  • April 9: 6,906
  • April 10: 5,520
  • April 11: 1,613
  • April 12: 9,068
  • April 13: 6,772
  • April 14: 6,762
  • April 15: 7,296 
  • April 16: 6,323
  • April 17: 6,834
  • April 18: 4,237
  • April 19: 5,645
  • April 20: 5,571
  • April 21: 6,684 
  • April 22: 5,464
  • April 23: 7,411
  • April 24: 4,671
Credit: Florida Department of Health

Understanding the numbers

Reported COVID-19 cases in Florida surged at the beginning of 2021, with most of January reporting more than 10,000 cases a day. And, the state didn't see percent positivity below 5 percent the entire month, with many daily reports in the double digits. 

Since Feb. 4, however, daily reported COVID-19 cases in Florida have remained under 10,000.

The highest single-day case number Florida has reported so far is 19,816 for Jan. 6. The report released on Jan. 2 of 31,518 newly-reported cases is higher, but that report combined updates for Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

The lowest single-day case number the state has reported since early June is 738, confirmed on Sept. 28.

On Oct. 30, Florida became the third state to cross the 800,000 reported COVID-19 cases mark. Then, on Dec. 1, Florida became the third state to surpass 1 million confirmed cases. On March 20, Florida became the third state to surpass 2 million confirmed cases. The United States has more than 32 million coronavirus cases as of April 25, the highest recorded number in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

California and Texas have 3.7 and 2.8 million cases, respectively.

Florida's report released on Aug. 11 of 277 newly confirmed deaths was the highest seen from the state in a single day's report.

The state added a section to its daily report (on page 5) that shows deaths by date of death. This data has been reported daily on Florida's COVID-19 dashboard. The graph for deaths by date of death is subject to change, though, because the information reported to the state can be delayed up to two weeks. So, for consistency, our charts have stuck to new deaths added by the date they were added. For transparency, you can always reference the state's data here.

The positivity rate is crucial for reopening. The World Health Organization has repeatedly said it must remain at 5 percent or lower for a 14-day span for the agency to recommend reopening.

However, it can be somewhat misleading: The number of people tested statewide varies each day. Health officials say they would like to see a high – but steady – number of people tested every day and a suppressed percent positivity figure.

Florida has been in "Phase 3" of reopening since Sept. 25, when Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an order guaranteeing restaurants the right to operate and lifting state-level capacity restrictions on them.

On April 5, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine age eligibility opened to all adults in Florida.

Credit: Florida Department of Health

Hospitalizations and ICU bed availability

New cases have slowly been on the rise, 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 April 25, 3,455 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 437 of them were in the Tampa Bay area. This data might appear off Sunday given apparent issues with the reporting website. 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 89,457 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 2 p.m. on April 25

Citrus:

  • 17 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 83 of 298 total staffed hospital beds are available

DeSoto:

  • No data to report.

Hardee:

  • 1 COVID-19 hospitalization
  • 0 of 25 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hernando:

  • 24 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 257of 751 total staffed hospital beds are available

Highlands:

  • 35 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 65 of 262 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hillsborough:

  • 127 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 607 of 2,928 total staffed hospital beds are available

Manatee:

  • 21 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 73 of 654 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pasco:

  • 70 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 240 of 1,244 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pinellas: 

  • 54 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 371 of 1,166 total staffed hospital beds are available

Polk: 

  • 33 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 167 of 370 total staffed hospital beds are available

Sarasota: 

  • 55 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 177 of 1,263 total staffed hospital beds are available