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COVID-19 update: cases top 8,000

By Staff | Apr 2, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there are 8,010 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida as well as 27 additional deaths reported among Broward, Clay, Dade, Duval, Flagler, Hillsborough, Lake, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

A total of 77,319 individuals have been tested: 69,286 have tested negative, 23 tests were inconclusive and 1,285 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 1,058 have been hospitalized and there have been 128 deaths.

Florida’s testing has increased over the past two weeks with the percentage of positives ranging from 7-13 percent. The percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 13 percent. Of the 9,198 tests performed on April 1, the most recent date, there were 1,199 positive results, or 13 percent.

In Lee County, 245 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Thursday – 102 in Fort Myers, 47 in Cape Coral, 27 in Bonita Springs, 33 in Lehigh Acres, 11 in Estero, nine 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 Wednesday afternoon, Lee Health had 39 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. 17 patients have been discharged.

The system has submitted a total of 3,039 specimens for testing, and has had a total of 146 presumptive positives since March 6.

Lee Health has 184 employees quarantined at home. Eight employees have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work.

On Tuesday, system mobile collection sites collected 186 specimens, and Lee TeleHealth had 144 virtual visits.

For more detail on Florida resident cases, visit the live DOH Dashboard at fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86 .

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 .