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COVID-19 cases top 21,000

By Staff | Apr 14, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 21,367 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 348 since FDOH’s last update Monday evening.

The death toll increased by 25 overnight reported among Bay, Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Suwannee counties.

A total of 204,138 individuals have been tested: 181,813 have tested negative, 958 tests were inconclusive and 1,275 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 2,909 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 524 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 9,953 tests performed on April 13, there were 1,271 positive results, or 13 percent.

In Lee County, 650 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 248 in Fort Myers, 133 in Cape Coral, 113 in Lehigh Acres, 58 in Bonita Springs, 22 in Estero, 26 in North Fort Myers, six in Sanibel, six on Fort Myers Beach, four in Alva and one on Captiva. Five positives were not classified by community.

The youngest to test positive is an infant boy, who tested positive on Friday. The oldest was a 100-year-old man who tested positive on April 3. Lee County saw its first two cases on March 7, when a man and a woman, each 77, tested positive. They had traveled to the Dominican Republic.

There have been 18 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 62 to 96, with 15 age 65 or older. 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 Monday morning, Lee Health had 75 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 93 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 11 on Sunday.

The system has submitted a total of 6,219 specimens for testing and currently has 13 patients under investigation.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Sunday (Easter) collected 45 specimens and had a total of 103 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChart Video.The system has 13 patients under investigation.

Lee Health has 122 employees quarantined at home. Thirty employees have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work.

Current bed capacity remains at 54 percent with 9 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

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.