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COVID-19 cases in Florida top 27,000

By Staff | Apr 20, 2020

As of 6 p.m. Monday, there are 27,058 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 398 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

The death toll increased by 34 since the morning update, reported among Lee, Broward, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Duval, Hernando, Highlands, Lake, Madison, Manatee, Orange, Palm Beach, Polk, Sarasota and Suwannee counties.

A total of 272,390 individuals have been tested: 244,711 have tested negative, 621 tests were inconclusive and 1,162 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 4,000 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 823 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 10,748 tests performed on April 19, there were 1,108 positive results, or 10 percent.

In Lee County, 785 individuals have tested positive as of 6 p.m. Monday; 288 in Fort Myers, 160 in Cape Coral, 151 in Lehigh Acres, 71 in Bonita Springs, 30 in Estero, 28 in North Fort Myers, six in Sanibel, six on Fort Myers Beach, five in Alva, one on Captiva and one in Saint James City. Four 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 28 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 61 to 96, with 24 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 Monday afternoon, Lee Health had 74 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, a decrease of four from Saturday. A total of 139 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including four on Sunday.

The system has submitted a total of 7,914 specimens for testing with zero results pending.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Sunday collected 96 specimens and had a total of 236 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 165 employees quarantined at home. Thirty employees currently are positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work.

Current bed capacity is now at 61 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.