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Coronavirus in Florida: State reports 2,862 new cases, 39 additional deaths

The percent positivity for new cases is 6.69 percent.
Credit: AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida added 2,862 coronavirus cases for March 21, according to the Florida Department of Health's latest report.

A total of 2,011,211 people in Florida have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

On Monday, the state reported another 37 Floridians and two non-residents had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 32,779 residents and 629 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began – a total of 33,408 deaths in the state related to the virus.

Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Sunday, 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 6.69 percent of 52,893 test results returned from labs were positive for coronavirus through March 21.

The median age of Floridians testing positive is 37.

As for hospitalizations, 2,898 people in Florida were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of Monday afternoonOf those, 717 patients were in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, a total of 83,503 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 February:

  • February 1: 10,533
  • February 2: 6,979
  • February 3: 7,711
  • February 4: 11,543
  • February 5: 7,486
  • February 6: 6,624
  • February 7: 5,737
  • February 8: 7,023
  • February 9: 7,537 
  • February 10: 8,525
  • February 11: 7,617
  • February 12: 7,515 
  • February 13: 5,436
  • February 14: 3,615
  • February 15: 6,297
  • February 16: 7,342 
  • February 17: 5,117
  • February 18: 6,683
  • February 19: 7,280
  • February 20: 5,065
  • February 21: 4,151
  • February 22: 5,610
  • February 23: 7,128 
  • February 24: 6,640
  • February 25: 5,922 
  • February 26: 5,459
  • February 27: 5,539
  • February 28: 1,700
  • March 1: 7,179
  • March 2: 6,014 
  • March 3: 6,118 
  • March 4: 5,975 
  • March 5: 4,690 
  • March 6: 4,098 
  • March 7: 3,312
  • March 8: 4,426 
  • March 9: 4,853 
  • March 10: 5,065 
  • March 11: 5,214
  • March 12: 5,244
  • March 13: 3,699
  • March 14: 2,826
  • March 15: 4,791
  • March 16: 4,599
  • March 17: 5,093
  • March 18: 5,140
  • March 19: 5,105
  • March 20: 3,987
  • March 21: 2,862
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 29.8 million coronavirus cases as of March 22, the highest recorded number in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University of Medicine.

California and Texas have 3.6 and 2.7 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.

Credit: Florida Department of Health

Hospitalizations and ICU bed availability

New cases have been on the decrease in recent weeks, 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 March 22, 2,898 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 717 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 83,446 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 noon on March 22

Citrus:

  • 23 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 115 of 306 total staffed hospital beds are available

DeSoto:

  • 0 COVID-19 hospitalization
  • 48 of 59 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hardee:

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

Hernando:

  • 26 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 203 of 626 total staffed hospital beds are available

Highlands:

  • 27 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 34 of 258 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hillsborough:

  • 201 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 888 of 4,066 total staffed hospital beds are available

Manatee:

  • 35 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 114 of 775 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pasco:

  • 59 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 266 of 1,441 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pinellas: 

  • 170 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 845 of 3,178 total staffed hospital beds are available

Polk: 

  • 138 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 413 of 1,697 total staffed hospital beds are available

Sarasota: 

  • 38 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 206 of 1,268 total staffed hospital beds are available