Hillsborough reports 24K cases of COVID-19, positivity rate sits at 30%

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Hillsborough County has surpassed 300K cases of COVID-19.

Cases of COVID-19 are continuing to spread across Tampa Bay as the omicron variant rages nationwide.

In the last week, from Jan. 7 through Jan. 13, Hillsborough County reported 24,400 cases of COVID-19, according to the latest data released by the Florida Department of Health. That’s about 2,000 more cases than the week prior when the county reported 22,135 instances of COVID-19.

Overall, case numbers are way up from mid-December, when the county reported just above 1,000 cases.

Since the pandemic’s start, Hillsborough County reported 314,987 cases of COVID-19.

The onslaught of cases seen in the past week was accompanied by a countywide positivity rate of 30.1%. For reference, a 10% positivity rate is considered the threshold for community spread by researchers. The week prior, the county saw a rate of 30.8%.

As for vaccination numbers, 6,298 individuals got the jab in Hillsborough County this week. That brings the county’s vaccination rate to 67%.

Neighboring Pinellas County is also trending upward, reporting 14,316 new cases of COVID-19 this past week and a positivity rate of 27.5%. Pinellas confirmed 11,232 cases and a 25.6% positivity rate in the week prior.

For comparison, in mid-December, the county was confirmed about 500 new weekly cases and a positivity rate of only 2.8%.

Pinellas County has confirmed 171,371 cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The report also showed that 2,980 people in Pinellas County got vaccinated within the last week. With the addition of the newly vaccinated group, 646,158 people, or 68%, of Pinellas County have received a COVID-19 vaccine.

Pasco County reported 8,230 new weekly cases and a positivity rate of 30.8%. So far, Pasco County has recorded 99,718 cases of COVID-19.

In the week prior, Pasco County reported 6,238 cases of COVID-19 and a positivity rate of 28.4%.

The county has a vaccination rate of 66% after 1,969 more people got vaccinated in the last week.

This week’s report may be trending toward a peak, with other areas in the state starting to trend downward again, including South Florida.

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].


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