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COVID -19 cases approaching 10,000 in Florida

By Staff | Apr 3, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 9,585 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida as well as 19 additional deaths reported in Lee, Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Highlands, Monroe, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas and Putnam counties.

A total of 91,755 individuals have been tested: 82,137 have tested negative, 33 tests were inconclusive and 1,225 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 1,215 have been hospitalized and there have been 163 deaths.

Florida’s testing has increased over the past week. The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 13,803 tests performed on April 2, there were 1,505 positive results, or 11 percent.

In Lee County, 289 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday- 116 in Fort Myers, 61 in Cape Coral, 33 in Bonita Springs, 37 in Lehigh Acres, 13 in Estero, 10 in North Fort Myers, three in Sanibel, three on Fort Myers Beach and one on Captiva. Two 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 Thursday afternoon, Lee Health had 45 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. Seventeen patients have been discharged.

The system has submitted a total of 3,337 specimens for testing, and has had a total of 169 presumptive positives since March 6.

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

On Wednesday, system mobile collection sites collected 233 specimens, and Lee TeleHealth had 154 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 .