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COVID-19 cases in Florida top 30,000

By Staff | Apr 24, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 30,174 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 526 since FDOH’s last update Thursday evening.

The death toll increased by 25 overnight, reported among Lee, Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Jefferson, Manatee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie, Suwannee and Volusia counties.

A total of 317,540 individuals have been tested: 286,785 have tested negative, 581 tests were inconclusive and 1,287 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 4,699 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 1,012 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 21,298 tests performed on April 23, there were 2,082 positive results, or 10 percent.

In Lee County, 928 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday; 348 in Fort Myers, 178 in Cape Coral, 174 in Lehigh Acres, 84 in Bonita Springs, 42 in Estero, 34 in North Fort Myers, eight in Sanibel, eight on Fort Myers Beach, six in Alva, one on Captiva, one in Boca Grande and one in Saint James City. Eight positives were not classified by community.

Positive COVID-19 cases in the county have ranged front infants to 100-years-old. 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 36 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 61 to 96, with 32 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 Thursday afternoon, Lee Health had 74 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, an increase of four from Wednesday. A total of 183 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including five on Wednesday.

The system has submitted a total of 8,823 specimens for testing with two results pending as of Thursday afternoon.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Wednesday collected 255 specimens and had a total of 1,065 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 63 percent with 7.6 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.