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COVID-19 cases rise by nearly 1,000 since Sunday evening

By Staff | Apr 6, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Monday, there are 13,324 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 974 since FDOH’s last update yesterday evening.

The death toll increased by 15 overnight reported among Lee, Broward, Dade, and St. Lucie counties.

A total of 124,477 individuals have been tested: 109,950 have tested negative, 61 tests were inconclusive and 1,142 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 1,592 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 236 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 7,639 tests performed on April 5, there were 931 positive results, or 12 percent.

In Lee County, 397 individuals, ranging from as young as 2 to as old as 100, have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Monday; 147 in Fort Myers, 84 in Cape Coral, 57 in Lehigh Acres, 43 in Bonita Springs, 18 in Estero, 13 in North Fort Myers, five in Sanibel, four on Fort Myers Beach, three in Alva and one on Captiva. One positive was not classified by community. There have been 12 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 Sunday morning, Lee Health had 51 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. Thirty-six patients who had tested positive have been discharged.

The system has submitted a total of 4,158 specimens for testing, and has had a total of 207 presumptive positives since March 6.

On Saturday, Lee Health’s mobile collection sites collected 181 specimens, and had a total of 140 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChart Video.

The system has 247 patients under investigation.

Lee Health has 162 employees quarantined at home, 35 down from Saturday, Fourteen employees have tested positive for COVID-19 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, 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.