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COVID-19 cases in Florida nears 23,000

By Staff | Apr 16, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there are 22,897 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 378 since FDOH’s last update Wednesday evening.

The death toll increased by 19 overnight reported among Lee, Broward, Dade and Palm Beach in counties.

A total of 219,567 individuals have been tested: 196,351 have tested negative, 319 tests were inconclusive and 1,325 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 3,305 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 633 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 10,958 tests performed on April 15, there were 1,266 positive results, or 12 percent.

In Lee County, 681 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Thursday; 255 in Fort Myers, 138 in Cape Coral, 124 in Lehigh Acres, 61 in Bonita Springs, 23 in Estero, 26 in North Fort Myers, six in Sanibel, six on Fort Myers Beach, five in Alva and one on Captiva. Six positives were not classified by community.

The youngest to test positive is an infant boy, who tested positive on April 10. 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 24 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 61 to 96, with 22 aged 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 Wednesday afternoon, Lee Health had 69 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 112 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including eight on Tuesday.

The system has submitted a total of 6,742 specimens for testing and currently has 13 patients under investigation.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Monday collected 213 specimens and had a total of 1,002 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 179 employees quarantined at home. Thirty-one employees have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work.

Current bed capacity is now at 57 percent with 8 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.