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COVID-19 cases in Florida top 24,000

By Staff | Apr 17, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 24,119 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 779 since FDOH’s last update Thursday evening.

The death toll increased by 19 overnight reported among Lee, Brevard, Broward, Dade, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Santa Rosa, Sarasota and St. Johns counties.

A total of 235,218 individuals have been tested: 210,718 have tested negative, 381 tests were inconclusive and 1,285 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 3,507 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 686 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 17,251 tests performed on April 16, there were 1,612 positive results, or 9 percent.

In Lee County, 718 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday; 267 in Fort Myers, 144 in Cape Coral, 133 in Lehigh Acres, 65 in Bonita Springs, 23 in Estero, 26 in North Fort Myers, six in Sanibel, six on Fort Myers Beach, five in Alva, one on Captiva and one in Saint James City. 10 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 25 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 61 to 96, with 23 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 Friday afternoon, Lee Health had 69 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 131 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including eight on Thursday.

The system has submitted a total of 7,482 specimens for testing and currently has zero patients under investigation.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Thursday collected 191 specimens and had a total of 1,048 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 170 employees quarantined at home. Thirty-four employees have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work.

Current bed capacity is now at 61 percent with 7 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.