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COVID-19 cases approach 27,500 mark

By Staff | Apr 21, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 27,495 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 437 since FDOH’s last update Monday evening.

The death toll increased by 16 overnight, reported among Lee, Broward, Dade, Escambia, Palm Beach and Pinellas counties.

A total of 277,685 individuals have been tested: 249,564 have tested negative, 626 tests were inconclusive and 1,203 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 4,063 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 839 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 10,729 tests performed on April 20, there were 1,054 positive results, or 9 percent.

In Lee County, 789 individuals have tested positive as of 6 p.m. Monday; 287 in Fort Myers, 161 in Cape Coral, 151 in Lehigh Acres, 73 in Bonita Springs, 30 in Estero, 29 in North Fort Myers, six in Sanibel, six on Fort Myers Beach, five in Alva, one on Captiva, one in Boca Grande 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 29 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 61 to 96, with 26 aged 65 or older. The exception was a 39-year-old man who died March 25.

The latest coronavirus-related death in Lee County, reported Tuesday morning, was a 92-year-old woman.

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 Tuesday morning, Lee Health had 75 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, a decrease of four from Saturday. A total of 147 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including eight on Monday.

The system has submitted a total of 8,197 specimens for testing with zero results pending as of Tuesday morning.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Monday collected 198 specimens and had a total of 1,051 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.