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Coronavirus update for Tuesday

By Staff | May 19, 2020

By the Numbers

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 46,994 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 502 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

More than 33,600 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, May 18, the most in a single day since testing began,

The death toll increased by 55 from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday, reported among Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Desoto, Duval, Escambia, Hillsborough, Manatee, Martin, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, St. Lucie, Volusia and Walton counties.

A total of 717,162 individuals have been tested: 668,911 have tested negative, 1,307 tests were inconclusive and 1,369 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 8,494 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 2,052 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 7 percent. On May 18, 1.9 percent of new cases tested positive.

In Lee County, 1,520 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 627 in Fort Myers, 279 in Cape Coral, 310 in Lehigh Acres, 114 in Bonita Springs, 57 in Estero, 43 in North Fort Myers, 11 in Sanibel, 12 on Fort Myers Beach, six in Alva, three on Matlacha, one on Captiva, one in Bokeelia and one in Boca Grande. Six 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 89 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 80 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, the same number as its last update Monday afternoon. A total of 396 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 5 on Monday.

The system has submitted a total of 14,678 specimens for testing, with only two results currently pending.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Monday collected 112 specimens.

Current bed capacity is at 74 percent, with 7 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Tuesday, 70 percent of ventilators 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.

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