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Florida Department of Health now reporting antibody test results

By Staff | May 29, 2020

The Florida Department of Health is now releasing COVID-19 antibody test results in addition to updates on positive and negative test results and death numbers.

The antibody test results will be released weekly on a Friday.

According to the new weekly “SARS-CoV-2 IgG and total antibody results report for Florida,” 123,552 tests had been performed as of 9:25 a.m. Friday.

Of those tests, 5,474 were positive for antibodies, which indicate that the person tested was likely infected by the virus at some point; 118,053 were negative and 25 were inconclusive.

In Lee County, 3,231 tests were reported with 139 positive for the coronavirus antibodies; 3,091 were negative and 1 was inconclusive. The positive rate was 4.30 percent.

The testing is being done at a variety of labs.

In terms of COVID-19 case counts, as of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 54,497 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 1,212 COVID-19 cases since the last report.

The death toll increased by 49 reported among Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Gadsden, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Jackson, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, St. Johns, Union and Washington counties.

A total of 984,160 individuals have been tested: 928,742 have tested negative, 921 tests were inconclusive and 955 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 9,982 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness, a rate of 19 percent There have been 2,413 deaths, a rate 5 percent.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 6 percent.

In Lee County, 1,847 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday — 761 in Fort Myers, 410 in Lehigh Acres, 329 in Cape Coral, 127 in Bonita Springs, 63 in Estero, 54 in North Fort Myers, 13 on Fort Myers Beach, 11 in Sanibel, seven in Alva, three on Matlacha, one on Captiva, one in Bokeelia and one in Boca Grande.

There have been 415 hospitalizations, a rate of 23 percent and 101 deaths, a rate of 6 percent. Five hundred of the confirmed positive cases have been in long-term care facilities with three reported in correctional facilities.

Positive COVID-19 cases in the county have ranged from infants to a 101-year-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 101 deaths in Lee County. All but four deaths were patients between the ages 61 to 96. The exceptions were a 39-year-old man who died March 25, a 52-year-old man who died April 30, a 57-year-old woman who died May 12 and a 42-year-old man who died May 20.