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Tampa Bay Area Reports Most Coronavirus Cases In One Week

Screenshot of Florida's coronavirus dashboard on 12/18/20.
Florida Department of Health
The state reported nearly 65,000 additional positive tests this week, the most in one week since July.

The greater Tampa Bay region saw its highest weekly total for positive tests, breaking records set during the summer surge.

More people than ever tested positive for the coronavirus in the the greater Tampa Bay region this week.

The state reported 14,199 cases of the virus in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk, Pasco and Hernando Counties for the week that ended today.

The previous highest weekly total for the region was the week ending July 17, when 13,860 cases were recorded.

July was also the last time Florida reported a higher number of weekly cases statewide than the nearly 65,000 added this week.

The state saw positivity rates for new tests this week range from 7.9 to 9.6 percent. Rates the last week of July, when the state reported more than 68,000 cases, ranged from 10.5 to 12.2 percent.

Friday was the second day in a row the state reported at least 13,000 new cases.

Florida also added 96 COVID-19 related deaths to it's toll since Thursday. Seven hundred and thirteen deaths were reported this week.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, 5,182 people were hospitalized in Florida, up 50 from Thursday.

State Totals (as of Friday, Dec. 18):

  • Positive Tests – 1,181,483
  • Deaths – 20,690

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 13,000 | Deaths - 96
  • Greater Tampa Bay Region: Positive Tests – 2,630| Deaths - 34

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 169,137 tests | Positivity Rate – 8.75%

ABOUT THE DATA: The Florida Department of Health produces a daily update around 11 a.m. with information about COVID-19 cases and deaths that were reported over the previous 24 hours. Cases and deaths in the report may have happened days or weeks earlier, according to state officials. The state separately tracks cases and deaths that occurred on specific days on its dashboard and those totals are frequently updated.

Florida COVID-19 daily total of positive tests/deaths for the last two weeks:

  • Dec. 18: 13,000/96
  • Dec. 17: 13,148/104
  • Dec. 16: 11,541/125
  • Dec. 15: 9,411/94
  • Dec. 14: 8,452/138
  • Dec. 13: 8,958/84
  • Dec. 12: 10,577/72
  • Dec. 11: 11,699/126
  • Dec. 10: 11,335/135
  • Dec. 9: 9,592/89
  • Dec. 8: 7,985/98
  • Dec. 7: 7,711/106
  • Dec. 6: 8,436/96
  • Dec. 5: 10,431/91
NOTE: The Florida Department of Health discontinued daily coronvirus updates on June 4, 2021.

I cover health care for WUSF and the statewide journalism collaborative Health News Florida. I’m passionate about highlighting community efforts to improve the quality of care in our state and make it more accessible to all Floridians. I’m also committed to holding those in power accountable when they fail to prioritize the health needs of the people they serve.
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