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State nears 71,000 coronavirus cases

By Staff | Jun 12, 2020

By the Numbers

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 70,971 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 1,902 since FDOH’s last update Thursday morning.

This is the 11th straight day of more than 1,000 new cases reported by the state, and Friday’s number is the highest report of single-day cases since testing began.

More than 34,500 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Thursday, June 11. Of those reported tests, 5 percent tested positive.

The number of tests reported on June 11 is right around the average number of tests the state has completed per day in the last two weeks; which is 31,332 each day.

The highest number of tests recorded in one day was 57,074 on June 6.

The death toll increased by 29 from 11 a.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday, reported among Alachua, Calhoun, Dade, Flagler, Hillsborough, Martin, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk and Washington counties.

A total of 1,336,895 individuals have been tested: 1,264,928 have tested negative, 996 tests were inconclusive and 1,243 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 11,706 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 2,877 deaths.

The age group of Florida residents that have yielded the most positive test results are 45-54 years old, followed by 25-34, 35-44 and 55-64.

The highest hospitalization rate is found in patients 65-74 and 75-84 years old.

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, 2,563 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday; 1,035 in Fort Myers, 486 in Cape Coral, 584 in Lehigh Acres, 162 in Bonita Springs, 73 in Estero, 73 in North Fort Myers, 12 in Sanibel, 15 on Fort Myers Beach, 10 in Alva, three on 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. Thirty-three 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 128 deaths in Lee County and no increase from yesterday. All but seven deaths occurred in patients over 60.

As of Thursday, 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 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.