Tampa Bay continues to see COVID-19 cases rise, more seek vaccines

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Tampa Bay continued to see more COVID-19 cases this past week, which was accompanied by a higher number of people seeking vaccinations.

Hillsborough County reported 8,583 new cases of COVID-19 from July 30 through Aug. 5, according to the latest Florida Department of Health weekly report. That’s up from the 7,124 cases reported in the week prior, which lasted from July 23 through July 29.

The county’s new case positivity rate, which is the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive for cases not yet recorded, averaged 22.8% the last week — one of the highest rates the county has reported since last year’s outbreak. The positivity rate is once again higher than it was the week prior, which reported a rate of 20.5%.

Since the start of the pandemic, the county has seen 171,575 cases of COVID-19.

With the increasing number of cases, more people seem to be getting vaccinated. The county reported 17,547 vaccinations within the last week. For reference, in the week prior, the county saw 14,523 new vaccinations.

The report shows that 58% of those eligible to receive a vaccine have now received one in Hillsborough County. That eligibility accounts for the county’s 12 years and older population. So far, 749,560 people have been vaccinated in the county.

Pinellas County also reported more new cases this week, adding 5,125 to the count. That’s about a thousand more cases than the county saw the week prior, in which 4,164 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. Since the start of the pandemic, the county has seen 94,815 cases of COVID-19.

Pinellas County also reported a higher positivity rate this week at 18%, up from the prior week’s 16.7% positivity rate.

In the last week,10,608 people received a vaccination in Pinellas County — that’s up from the prior week’s 8,423 vaccinations. Now, 61% of the vaccine-eligible population has been inoculated in the county.

So far, 541,133 people have received a shot in Pinellas County.

Over in Pasco County, 3,404 new cases were reported over the past week, compared to 2,883 new cases seen in the week prior’s caseload. The county also saw an 24.3% average positivity rate, up from 22% reported the week prior.

Pasco has seen 52,639 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

As far as vaccinations, Pasco is also following the rising trend. In Pasco County, 58% of those eligible have received a shot, or 278,330 people. The county also reported 6,457 new vaccinations in the last week, up from only 5,210 the week before.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected]


3 comments

  • Edward Lyle

    August 7, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    Just so we’re clear… face diapers and 2-shots of sugar water and fertilizer runoff does not protect anyone from the China Bio-Weapon Flu Scamdemic.

    … got it, thanks

    • Jeremy Goode

      August 9, 2021 at 4:21 am

      Your tinfoil hat is obviously screwed on too tight.

    • Jeremy Goode

      August 9, 2021 at 4:23 am

      Covid truthers like you should be denied health care if you get infected.

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