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COVID-19 cases pass 11,000 mark

By Staff | Apr 4, 2020

Editor’s note: The Lee Health numbers have been updated to reflect Saturday morning stats.

As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there are 11,111 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida.

Twenty-one additional deaths have been reported among those who have tested positive for COVID-19. Those deaths occurred in Bay, Broward, Dade, Escambia, Orange, Palm Beach, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties.

A total of 102,108 individuals have been tested: 90,956 have tested negative, 41 tests were inconclusive and 1,281 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 1,386 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 191 deaths.

Florida’s testing has increased over the past week. The percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 11 percent. Of the 11,725 tests performed on April 3, there were 1,597 positive results, or 14 percent.

In Lee County, 334 individuals, ranging from as young as 10 to as old as 100, have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Saturday – 132 in Fort Myers, 74 in Cape Coral, 43 in Lehigh Acres, 39 in Bonita Springs, 14 in Estero, 11 in North Fort Myers, four in Sanibel, three on Fort Myers Beach and one on Captiva. Three positives were not classified by community. There have been 11 deaths in Lee County, all but one age 62 to 96. The exception was a 39-year-old man who died March 25.

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 Saturday morning, Lee Health had 46 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. Thirty patients have been discharged, a big uptick from Friday afternoon’s total of 17.

The system has submitted a total of 3,930 specimens for testing, and has had a total of 197 presumptive positives since March 6.

On Friday, Lee Health’s mobile collection sites collected 227 specimens, and had a total of 453 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChart Video.

The system has 246 patients under investigation.

Lee Health has 196 employees quarantined at home. Fourteen employees have tested positive for COVID-19, up six since Friday, after being exposed at work.

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 .