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Greater Tampa Bay Region Reports Most Coronavirus Cases Since February

screenshot of Florida coronavirus dashboard on 3/25.
Florida Department of Health
Despite the increase in new cases, the state's positivity rate was about 5.6 percent, lower than previous days.

After more than a week of reporting fewer than 100 COVID-19-related deaths each day — sometimes much fewer — the state recorded 109 on Thursday.

Florida officials on Thursday reported 5,773 more people tested positive for the coronavirus, including 1,311 in the greater Tampa Bay region. That's the most the area has reported in a single day since late February.

The state's positivity rate for new cases was about 5.6 percent, slightly lower than previous days.

Florida also reported 109 more people have died from COVID-19. The high single-day toll comes after more than a week of reporting fewer than 100 deaths a day, some days much fewer.

Of the 109 deaths reported statewide, 20 occurred in the greater Tampa Bay region.

COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state declined to about 2,800.

More than 5.3 million people in Florida have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearly 3 million have been fully vaccinated.

State Totals (as of Thursday, March 25)

  • Positive Tests – 2,027,429
  • Deaths – 33,589

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 5,773 | Deaths – 109
  • Greater Tampa Bay region: Positive Tests – 1,311 | Deaths – 20

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 123,970 | Positivity Rate – 5.58%

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:

  • March 25: 5,773/109
  • March 24: 5,143/31
  • March 23: 5,302/41
  • March 22: 2,862/39
  • March 21: 3,987/32
  • March 20: 5,105/64
  • March 19: 5,140/54
  • March 18: 5,093/99
  • March 17: 4,599/59
  • March 16: 4,791/102
  • March 15: 2,826/99
  • March 14: 3,699/31
  • March 13: 5,244/85
  • March 12: 5,214/105
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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