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COVID-19 cases pass 38,000

By Staff | May 6, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 38,002 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 563 since FDOH’s last update Tuesday morning.

More than 16,800 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, May 5.

The death toll increased by 68 from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Wednesday, reported among Lee, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Collier, Dade, Escambia, Hillsborough, Leon, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.

A total of 480,654 individuals have been tested: 442,049 have tested negative, 603 tests were inconclusive and 1,351 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 6,557 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 1,539 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 5, 3.7 percent of new cases tested positive.

In Lee County, 1,176 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Wednesday; 467 in Fort Myers, 217 in Cape Coral, 242 in Lehigh Acres, 92 in Bonita Springs, 51 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 from 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 54 deaths in Lee County, all but two between the ages 61 to 96. The exceptions were a 39-year-old man who died March 25 and a 52-year-old male who died April 30.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Lee Health had 95 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, an increase of eight from their last update Friday afternoon. A total of 264 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 14 on Monday.

The system has submitted a total of 11,616 specimens for testing

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Monday collected 146 specimens and had a total of 1,185 telemedicine visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 197 employees quarantined at home, up 34 from Friday. Twenty-seven employees currently are positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work, up from three on Friday.

Current bed capacity is still at 66 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.