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Coronavirus in Florida: State reports 5,556 new cases, 70 deaths

The percent positivity for new cases ticked downward to 6.89 percent.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida added 5,556 coronavirus cases for April 5, according to the Florida Department of Health's latest report.

A total of 2,090,862 people in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

On Monday, the state reported another 70 Floridians had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 33,780 residents and 654 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began – a total of 34,434 deaths in the state related to the virus.

Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Monday, 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 6.89 percent of 94,940  test results returned from labs were positive for coronavirus through April 5. 

The median age of Floridians testing positive is 35.

As for hospitalizations, 2,999 people in Florida were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of Monday morningOf those782 patients were in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, a total of 86,065 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 5: 3,480
  • April 6: 5,556
Credit: Florida Department of Health

Understanding the numbers

Since mid-July, daily reported COVID-19 cases in Florida remained under 10,000. And, between Sept. 1 and Oct. 16, daily reported cases stayed below 4,000.

That changed on Nov. 15, when the state reported 10,105 new cases for the day prior.

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 30.8 million coronavirus cases as of April 6, the highest recorded number in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

California and Texas have 3.6 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 Monday, April 5, 2021, the COVID-19 vaccine age eligibility opened to all adults in Florida.

Credit: Florida Department of Health

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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 6, 2,999 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 782 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 86,065 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 10:30 a.m. April 6

Citrus:

  • 18 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 86 of 295 total staffed hospital beds are available

DeSoto:

  • 2 COVID-19 hospitalization
  • 39 of 54 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hardee:

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

Hernando:

  • 31 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 239 of 776 total staffed hospital beds are available

Highlands:

  • 32 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 23 of 255 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hillsborough:

  • 235 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 881 of 4,106 total staffed hospital beds are available

Manatee:

  • 19 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 87 of 747 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pasco:

  • 93 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 278 of 1,430 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pinellas: 

  • 190 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 801 of 3,247 total staffed hospital beds are available

Polk: 

  • 117 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 387 of 1,706 total staffed hospital beds are available

Sarasota: 

  • 45 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 1,146 of 1,310 total staffed hospital beds are available

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