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COVID-19 positives edge past 6,000 cases in Florida

By Staff | Mar 31, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 6,069 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida as well as six additional deaths reported among Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Palm Beach and Polk counties.

A total of 60,639 individuals have been tested: 54,285 have tested negative, 16 tests were inconclusive and 1,163 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 772 have been hospitalized and there have been 77 deaths.

Florida’s testing has increased over the past two weeks with the percentage of positives ranging from 7-10 percent. The percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 7,474 tests performed on March 30, the most recent date, there were 1,006 positive results, or 13 percent.

In Lee County, 185 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday – 85 in Fort Myers, 30 in Cape Coral, 21 in Bonita Springs, 19 in Lehigh Acres, seven in Estero, six in North Fort Myers, three in Sanibel, two on Fort Myers Beach and one on Captiva. Four positives were not classified by community.

COVID-19 is a highly contagious viral disease. For most individuals, symptoms are mild. For a minority, the disease becomes a type of viral pneumonia with severe complications. Especially at risk are those who are older, those with underlying health conditions and the immune-compromised.

Officials strongly urges all members of the public who can, remain at home so as to limit exposure and so limit the number of cases so as to not overwhelm the health care system with at-risk and severe cases.

As of Monday afternoon, Lee Health had 31 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. Ten patients have been discharged.

The system has submitted a total of 2,602 specimens for testing, and has had a total of103 presumptive positives since March 6.

Lee Health has 136 employees quarantined at home. Four employees have tested positive for COVID-19, up one since Saturday, after being exposed at work.

On Sunday, system mobile collection sites collected 43 specimens, and Lee TeleHealth had 94 virtual visits.

For more detail on Florida resident cases, visit the live DOH Dashboard.

To find the most up-to-date information and guidance on COVID-19, visit the Department of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage. For information and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control, visit the CDC COVID-19 website. For more information about current travel advisories issued by the U.S. Department of State, visit the travel advisory website.

For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to COVID-19@flhealth.gov .

Source: Florida Department of Health