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COVID-19 cases in Florida near 40,000

By Staff | May 8, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 39,199 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 371 since FDOH’s last update Thursday morning.

More than 19,900 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Thursday, May 7.

The death toll increased by 69 from 11 a.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday, reported among Lee, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, Suwannee and Volusia counties.

A total of 514,017 individuals have been tested: 474,142 have tested negative, 676 tests were inconclusive and 1,433 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 6,929 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 1,669 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 7, 1.8 percent of new cases tested positive.

In Lee County, 1,219 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday; 489 in Fort Myers, 222 in Cape Coral, 251 in Lehigh Acres, 93 in Bonita Springs, 51 in Estero, 37 in North Fort Myers, 11 in Sanibel, 11 on Fort Myers Beach, six in Alva, one on Captiva and one in Boca Grande. Two cases were not identified by community.

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 62 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 Friday afternoon, Lee Health had 86 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, a decrease of three from their last update Thursday afternoon. A total of 295 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 9 on Thursday.

The system has submitted a total of 12,439 specimens for testing, with only one result currently pending.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Thursday collected 188 specimens and had 1,181 virtual visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 250 employees quarantined at home, up three from Thursday. Thirty-one employees currently are positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work, up three from Thursday.

Current bed capacity is at 72 percent, with 8 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Friday, 66 percent of ventilators and 31 percent of ICU rooms are available for use across Lee Health facilities.

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.