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COVID-19 cases hit 66,000

By Staff | Jun 9, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 66,000 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 1,096 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

More than 32,600 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, June 8. Of those reported tests, 3.8 percent tested positive.

The death toll increased by 53 from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday, reported among Lee, Broward, Dade, Desoto, Duval, Hendry, Jefferson, Manatee, Martin, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Volusia and Washington counties.

A total of 1,259,283 individuals have been tested: 1,192,305 have tested negative, 978 tests were inconclusive and 1,100 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 11,185 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 2,765 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5 percent.

In Lee County, 2,388 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 970 in Fort Myers, 445 in Cape Coral, 547 in Lehigh Acres, 152 in Bonita Springs, 71 in Estero, 69 in North Fort Myers, 12 in Sanibel, 16 on Fort Myers Beach, nine in Alva, three on Matlacha, two in Saint James City, one on Captiva, one in Bokeelia, one in Tice, one in Miromar Lakes, one in Buckingham, and one in Boca Grande. Twenty-one cases were not identified by community.

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 124 deaths in Lee County, an increase of seven from yesterday. All but seven deaths occurred in patients over 60.

As of Tuesday, Lee Health had 111 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 592 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including four on Monday.

The system has submitted a total of 19,726 specimens for testing, with two results currently pending.

Lee Health’s mobile collection site on Monday collected 150 specimens and had a total of 649 telemedicine visits.

Current bed capacity is at 73 percent, with 10 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Tuesday, 74 percent of ventilators and 10 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 urge members of the public who are at high risk remain at home. Anyone who is out and about are strongly urged to wear masks and observe social distancing in all public interactions.

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.