Florida coronavirus: State reports 15,431 new cases, percent positivity rate at 12.74%

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TAMPA (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health reported 15,431 cases on Tuesday the second-highest single-day total since the beginning of the pandemic.

New cases reported (1,392,123 total since start of pandemic):

  • Tuesday: 15,431
  • Monday: 11,256
  • Sunday: 10,603
  • Saturday: 31,518
  • Friday: No reports released

Percent positive:

The Florida Department of Health said it received 138,399 PCR or antigen lab results from across the state on Monday. Of those tests, the state says 14.33% were positive.

Percent positive includes people who have been tested multiple times for the virus but a person is only counted once each day, even if multiple results are received for them.

  • Monday: 14.33%
  • Sunday: 14.70%
  • Saturday: 14.02%
  • Friday: 11.97%
  • Thursday: 12.95%

Percent positivity: 

The percent positivity for new cases was 12.74% on Monday.

Percent positivity for new cases is the number of people who test PCR (nose swabs) or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day. That does not include people who already tested positive once and have been re-tested to see if they’re still infected.

  • Monday: 12.74%
  • Sunday: 12.52%
  • Saturday: 12.43%
  • Friday: 10.13%
  • Thursday: 11.14%
  • Wednesday: 11.57%

New Florida resident fatalities (22,188 total since start of pandemic):

Health officials reported 98 new coronavirus deaths among Florida residents in Tuesday’s report, increasing the total number of Floridians killed during the pandemic to 22,188. The total of non-resident deaths is 327.

The daily report from the health department does not provide the exact date of each death, which means the deaths reported may not be from the past 24 hours. It can sometimes take weeks for fatalities to be logged.

  • Tuesday: 98
  • Monday: 103
  • Sunday: 97
  • Saturday: 217
  • Friday: No reports released

New hospitalizations (63,882 cumulative since pandemic began):

  • Tuesday: 377
  • Monday: 173
  • Sunday: 184
  • Saturday: 280
  • Friday: No reports released

Here’s a county-by-county breakdown of cases in the Tampa Bay area:

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Total Cases: 81,105
Deaths: 1,093

PINELLAS COUNTY

Total Cases: 47,739
Deaths: 1,086

SARASOTA COUNTY

Total Cases: 19,787
Deaths: 514

MANATEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 23,338
Deaths: 437

PASCO COUNTY

Total Cases: 23,258
Deaths: 393

POLK COUNTY

Total Cases: 39,739
Deaths: 809

HERNANDO COUNTY

Total Cases: 7,822
Deaths: 285

HIGHLANDS COUNTY

Total Cases: 5,179
Deaths: 208

CITRUS COUNTY

Total Cases: 7,022
Deaths: 275

HARDEE COUNTY

Total Cases: 2,176
Deaths: 21

For more information on coronavirus in Florida, visit the live DOH Dashboard.

Do you have questions about the COVID vaccine?

8 On Your Side is working to get you answers. J.B. Biunno and Mahsa Saeidi will be live on WFLA Now at 5:05 p.m. Tuesday for a Live Q&A on Florida’s vaccine rollout.

Bring your questions to the WFLA Facebook page for the interactive discussion.

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