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COVID-19 cases near 40,000

By Staff | May 4, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Monday, there are 36,897 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 819 since FDOH’s last update Sunday morning.

More than 17,400 test results were reported to FDOH on Sunday, May 3.

The death toll increased by 20 from 11 a.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday, reported among Lee, Broward, Collier, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Leon, Pinellas, St. Lucie and Walton counties.

A total of 444,814 individuals have been tested: 407,373 have tested negative, 544 tests were inconclusive and 1,181 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 6,119 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 1,399 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 8 percent. On May 3, 5 percent of new cases tested positive.

In Lee County, 1,138 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Monday; 452 in Fort Myers, 204 in Cape Coral, 238 in Lehigh Acres, 91 in Bonita Springs, 47 in Estero, 37 in North Fort Myers, 10 in Sanibel, 10 on Fort Myers Beach, six in Alva, one on Captiva and one in Boca Grande.

Positive COVID-19 cases in the county have ranged front infants to a 100 year-old man. 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 46 deaths in Lee County. All but one was between the ages 61 to 96, with 41 aged 65 or older. The exception was a 39-year-old man who died March 25.

As of their last update Friday afternoon, Lee Health had 87 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, an increase of four from Thursday. A total of 213 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including eight on Thursday.

The system has submitted a total of 10,718 specimens for testing

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Thursday collected 68 specimens and had a total of 989 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 163 employees quarantined at home, down 14 from Thursday. Twenty-four employees currently are positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work, down from 25 on Thursday.

Current bed capacity is still at 61 percent, with 9 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.