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Coronavirus in Florida: State reports 6,906 new COVID-19 cases, 50 deaths

A total of 2,118,713 people have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began.
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Students arrive for classes at Mast Academy, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in Miami. The maritime and science technology magnet high school was closed for one day this week after two students reported having the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida added 6,906 coronavirus cases for April 9, according to the Florida Department of Health's latest report.

A total of 2,118,713 people in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

On Saturday, the state reported another 46 Floridians and four non-residents had died after testing positive for COVID-19. That brings the total to 34,014 residents and 662 non-residents who have died since the pandemic began – a total of 34,676 deaths in the state related to the virus.

Those numbers do not necessarily mean those people died Friday, 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.

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As for testing, the health department reported 6.94 percent of 117,620 test results returned from labs were positive for coronavirus through April 9.

The median age of Floridians testing positive is 35.

As for hospitalizations, 3,016 people in Florida were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of Saturday afternoonOf those 796, patients were in the Tampa Bay area.

Statewide, a total of 86,894 people in Florida were hospitalized with the virus at some point during the pandemic.

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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
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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 31 million coronavirus cases as of April 10, 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.

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 10, 3,016 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 796 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 86,894 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 1:30 p.m. p.m. April 10

Citrus:

  • 12 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 67 of 299 total staffed hospital beds are available

DeSoto:

  • 3 COVID-19 hospitalization
  • 41 of 55 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hardee:

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

Hernando:

  • 35 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 243 of 745 total staffed hospital beds are available

Highlands:

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

Hillsborough:

  • 248 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 806 of 4,076 total staffed hospital beds are available

Manatee:

  • 32 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 107 of 787 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pasco:

  • 103 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 273 of 1,502 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pinellas: 

  • 172 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 812 of 3,252 total staffed hospital beds are available

Polk: 

  • 123 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 384 of 1,705 total staffed hospital beds are available

Sarasota: 

  • 41 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 163 of 1,301 total staffed hospital beds are available