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Positivity Rate For New Florida Coronavirus Cases Falls Below 4% For First Time Since October

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The state reported Thursday 3.92% of swabs that came in Wednesday tested positive for the virus, making it the eleventh day in a row the number has been under 5%.

The positivity rate for new cases of the coronavirus fell below 4 percent for the first time since Oct. 11, when it was 3.44%, the Florida Department of Health reported on Thursday.

It's also the 11th consecutive day the state has recorded rates below 5%.

The state reported on Thursday that 2,893 people tested positive for COVID-19. It was the fourth day in a row that Florida's new cases were under 3,000.

The state also recorded the deaths of 77 people due to complications from COVID-19. About a third of those deaths were reported in the greater Tampa Bay region, including eight in Hillsborough County and eight in Sarasota County.

Florida now has reported a total of 2,302,489 coronavirus cases and 37,076 deaths.

There has been a continued decline in the number of people hospitalized, with 2,262 people being treated at hospitals in Florida because of the virus.

As of Thursday afternoon, 9,813,737 people had been vaccinated in Florida, with 7,792,426 having completed the full series of doses.

State Totals (as of Thursday, May 20)

  • Positive Tests – 2,302,489 | Deaths – 37,076

Daily Changes:

  • State: Positive Tests – 2,893 | Deaths – 77
  • Greater Tampa Bay region: Positive Tests – 618 | Deaths – 24

Daily Testing (statewide):

  • Tests Received – 84,265| Positivity Rate – 3.92%

ABOUT THE DATA: The Florida Department of Health produces a daily update 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:

  • May 20: 2,893/77
  • May 19: 2,811/45
  • May 18: 2,805/97
  • May 17: 1,976/59
  • May 16: 2,482/22
  • May 15: 3,319/57
  • May 14: 3,590/71
  • May 13: 4,064/50
  • May 12: 3,184/51
  • May 11: 3,263/49
  • May 10: 2,296/53
  • May 9: 3,321/33
  • May 8: 3,977/66
  • May 7: 4,165/89
NOTE: The Florida Department of Health discontinued daily coronvirus updates on June 4, 2021.

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