For ninth straight day, Florida records more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases
By The Numbers
As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 67,371 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 1,371 since FDOH’s last update Tuesday morning.
This is the ninth straight day of more than 1,000 new cases reported by the state.
More than 23,800 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, June 9. Of those reported tests, 5.5 percent tested positive.
The death toll increased by 36 from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Wednesday, reported among Lee, Broward, Dade, Desoto, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Leon, Manatee, Monroe, Orange, Palm, Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.
A total of 1,280,003 individuals have been tested: 1,211,652 have tested negative, 980 tests were inconclusive and 1,135 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 11,345 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 2,801 deaths.
While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 5 percent.
In Lee County, 2,422 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Wednesday; 984 in Fort Myers, 456 in Cape Coral, 548 in Lehigh Acres, 160 in Bonita Springs, 71 in Estero, 69 in North Fort Myers, 12 on Sanibel, 16 on Fort Myers Beach, nine in Alva, three in Matlacha, two in St. 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 126 deaths in Lee County, an increase of two from yesterday. All but seven deaths occurred in patients over 60.
As of Wednesday, Lee Health had 121 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 595 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including three on Tuesday.
The system has submitted a total of 20,452 specimens for testing, with one result currently pending.
Lee Health’s mobile collection site on Tuesday collected 165 specimens and had a total of 578 telemedicine visits.
Current bed capacity is at 78 percent, with 10 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.
As of Wednesday, 75 percent of ventilators and 5 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 urge 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 COVIDemail@example.com.