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Florida adds 10,828 COVID cases, 384 deaths in the past week

Florida reported 10,828 coronavirus cases over a seven-day period from 12-18. November, an average of about 1,500 infections a day. That’s only an increase of 82 cases from last week, but it’s the first weekly increase since early August.

The latest inventory brings the total number of COVID-19 cases to 3,677,968 since the pandemic’s the first two cases in Florida were reported more than 20 months since March 1, 2020.

The state added 384 deaths since the previous report, slightly more than last week’s report. This brings the total nationwide number of pandemic deaths to 61,081.

Most of these took place more than a week ago and were registered by the state within the last seven days. It can take officials two weeks or more to confirm COVID-related deaths. The report indicates that 37 deaths occurred between 12-18. November, although that number is likely to increase as more are confirmed.

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The Florida Department of Health announced in June that it would no longer release daily COVID-19 data. Instead, it now issues a report every Friday – but it continues to withhold information that was previously publicly available.

As of June 4, the state no longer reports vaccinations, coronavirus cases, and deaths. The state has rejected repeated requests to provide non-resident data to Tampa Bay Times.

Florida is the only state that updates its coronavirus cases and data only once a week. While weekly reports may be more reliable than daily updates, experts warn that infrequent data updates may delay the identification of new trends.

VACCINATIONS: Florida administered 161,050 doses in the past week. About 109,000 doses went to first-time recipients. Nearly 6.6 million Floridians ages 5 and up remain unvaccinated.

This report has data from the second full week in which children aged 5-11 were eligible for Pfizer’s pediatric dose. Nearly 43,000 children got their first shot last week. In all, about 6 percent of children 5-11 got their first shot.

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As of Thursday, 68 percent of Florida residents age 5 and up have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, according to the state. Nearly 11 percent of residents have received a booster shot in the week that U.S. health authorities opened up for eligibility for all residents over 18.

Yet 35 percent of Florida’s total population remains unvaccinated, including children ages 4 and under who are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. It is the next age groups that can gain approval in the coming weeks.

Vaccination rates are highest among Florida’s older adults. About 88 percent of those aged 65 and over have been vaccinated, and 86 percent of those aged 60-64 have been vaccinated.

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Children and young adults remain the least vaccinated age groups. In Florida, ages 12 to 19 are 56 percent vaccinated, ages 20 to 29 are 57 percent vaccinated, and ages 30 to 39 are 66 percent vaccinated.

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In Hillsborough County, 62 per cent of eligible residents aged 5 and up have been vaccinated; in Pinellas, 64 percent; in Pasco, 62 percent; in Manatee, 64 percent; in Polk, 60 per cent; in Hernando, 56 percent; and in Citrus 57 per cent.

BOOSTERSHOTS: Florida administered 233,474 booster doses. As of Friday, booster shots are available to all residents over the age of 18 who received either their first dose of the J&J vaccine or the second dose of their Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least six months ago.

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POSITIVITY: Florida’s positivity rate was 2.5 percent in the past week. The positivity rates were highest at the age of 5-11 years, with 3.5 percent of the tests being positive.

Just over 430,000 residents were tested 12-18. November. That’s a drop of more than 50 percent from a peak of 872,000 tests in the week 20-26. August.

According to the World Health Organization, states should maintain a positivity rate of 5 percent or less for at least two weeks before opening completely. A positivity of 5 percent or less indicates that testing is widespread enough to capture mild, asymptomatic, and negative cases.

Positivity rates around the Tampa Bay area were 4.9 percent in Hillsborough, 2.1 percent in Pinellas, 2.7 percent in Pasco, 2.4 percent in Manatee, 3.1 percent in Polk, 2.2 percent in Hernando and 2 percent. , 8 percent in Citrus.

HOSPITALIZATIONS: Florida had 1,093 confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals as of Friday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Tampa Bay area experienced 478 hospitalizations from 9-14. November, the latest available data, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Hillsborough County hospitals had 168 admissions, Pinellas had 150, Pasco, 45, Manatee, 14, Polk, 85, Hernando, 14 and Citrus, 6.

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LOCAL NUMBERS: Tampa Bay added 2,352 cases in the past week, bringing the area to a total of 703,651 cases.

As of Thursday’s count, Hillsborough added 1,156 new cases, Pinellas had 353, Pasco, 216, Manatee, 162, Polk, 360, Hernando, 51 and Citrus, 54.

The CDC reported that the Tampa Bay area counted 97 deaths from 8-14. November: Hillsborough saw 55, Pinellas, 17, Pasco, 6, Manatee, 0, Polk, 15, Hernando, 2 and Citrus 2.

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine for 5 years and up and booster shots for qualified recipients are administered at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow you to book appointments online. To find a site near you:

Find a website: Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your zip code.

More help: Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline.

Telephone: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish and other languages.

TTY: 888-720-7489

Disability information and access line: Call 888-677-1199 or email DIAL@n4a.org.

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