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Florida passes 500,000 COVID-19 cases mark

The state health department also reported another 225 Floridians had died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Wednesday's report from the Florida Department of Health showed the state added another 5,409 new coronavirus cases for Aug. 4.

That brings the total number of COVID-19 cases statewide to 502,739 since March. Florida and California are the only states that have passed 500,000 cases of coronavirus. As of Wednesday, California reported more than 527,000 cases since the pandemic began.

The median age of Floridians testing positive as of Wednesday morning is 42, which has been the average for almost a week.

The health department also reported another 225 Floridians had died after testing positive for the virus. That brings the total to 7,627 Floridians and 124 non-residents who have died after testing positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began.

That does not necessarily mean all those people died on Aug. 4, 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.

When it comes to testing, Wednesday's report showed 57,272 test results were returned from labs on Aug. 4. Of those tests, 10.89 percent were positive for the virus.

It's important to note, testing sites on Florida's east coast were closed Thursday evening through Sunday ahead of impacts of Tropical Storm Isaias. Those sites reopened Monday morning.

As for hospitalizations, 7,579 people were hospitalized with coronavirus as their primary diagnosis as of 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. And, 1,430 of them are in the Tampa Bay area.

A total of 28,573 people in Florida have been hospitalized at some point during the pandemic.

RELATED: Florida coronavirus cases, deaths, hospitalizations, recoveries

Credit: 10 Tampa Bay

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

Breaking down the numbers

There wasn't a single day during the entire month of July where the number of newly-confirmed cases was fewer than 6,000. In fact, the last time that happened was on June 28. 

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 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 7,579 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 as their primary diagnosis statewide, and 1,430 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 28,573 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 10:15 a.m. on August 5

Citrus:

  • 24 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 70 of 296 total staffed hospital beds are available

DeSoto:

  • 2 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 21 of 55 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hardee:

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

Hernando:

  • 55 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 186 of 718 total staffed hospital beds are available

Highlands:

  • 50 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 42 of 267 total staffed hospital beds are available

Hillsborough:

  • 466 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 533 of 3,891  total staffed hospital beds are available

Manatee:

  • 84 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 116 of 760 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pasco:

  • 101 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 272 of 1,393 total staffed hospital beds are available

Pinellas: 

  • 307 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 563 of 2,912 total staffed hospital beds are available

Polk: 

  • 260 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 321 of 1,643 total staffed hospital beds are available

Sarasota: 

  • 94 COVID-19 hospitalizations
  • 227 of 1,248 total staffed hospital beds are available