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Florida COVID-19 case load nears 33,000

By Staff | Apr 28, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 32,846 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 708 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

The death toll increased by 83 from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday, reported among Lee, Broward, Collier, Columbia, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Manatee, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Suwannee counties.

A total of 367,435 individuals have been tested: 334,029 have tested negative, 560 tests were inconclusive and 1,216 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 5,222 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 1,171 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 9 percent. On April 26, six percent of new cases tested positive.

In Lee County, 990 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 376 in Fort Myers, 186 in Cape Coral, 197 in Lehigh Acres, 86 in Bonita Springs, 46 in Estero, 36 in North Fort Myers, eight in Sanibel, seven on Fort Myers Beach, six in Alva, one on Captiva, one in Boca Grande and one in Saint James City. Three positive was 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 40 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 61 to 96, with 35 aged 65 or older. The exception was a 39-year-old man who died March 25.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Lee Health had 79 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, a decrease of one from Monday. A total of 192 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 14 on Monday.

The system has submitted a total of 10,042specimens for testing

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Monday collected 171 specimens and had a total of 1,025 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 201 employees quarantined at home. Twenty-eight employees currently are positive for COVID-19, down from 32, after being exposed at work.

Current bed capacity is now at 61 percent, with 8 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

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.

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.