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Florida reports single-day record increase in new Covid-19 cases

By Staff | Jun 16, 2020

By the Numbers

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 80,109 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 2,783 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

This is a new record high of single-day cases reported and the 15th straight day of more than 1,000 new cases reported by the state. Over the weekend, FDOH also reported two consecutive days of more than 2,000 new cases.

More than 39,300 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, June 15. Of those reported tests, 7.4 percent tested positive.

The number of tests reported on June 15 is just slightly above the average number of tests the state has completed per day in the last two weeks; which is 36,550 each day.

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

The death toll increased by 55 from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday, reported among Brevard, Dade, Duval, Gadsden, Hardy, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Volusia counties.

A total of 1,461,297 individuals have been tested: 1,380,200 have tested negative, 988 tests were inconclusive and 1,150 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 12,206 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 2,993 deaths.

The age groups of Florida residents that have yielded the most positive test results are 25-34 years old (17%), followed by 45-54 (16%), 35-44(16%) and 55-64(15%).

The highest hospitalization rate is found in patients 65-74(20%) and 75-84(19%) years old.

In Lee County, 3,015 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 1,259 in Fort Myers, 562 in Cape Coral, 696 in Lehigh Acres, 196 in Bonita Springs, 84 in North Fort Myers, 79 in Estero, 20 on Fort Myers Beach, 13 in Sanibel, 10 in Alva, three on Matlacha, one in Saint James City, one on Captiva, one in Bokeelia, one in Tice one in Miromar Lakes, one in Buckingham, one in San Carlos Park and one in Boca Grande. Twelve 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 136 deaths in Lee County, an increase of four from yesterday. There have been a total of 505 hospitalizations in the county. All but seven deaths occurred in patients over 60. 101 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Monday, Lee Health had 118 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 649 patients who had tested positive have been discharged.

The system has submitted a total of 21,455 specimens for testing, with one result currently pending as of Friday.

Lee Health’s mobile collection site over the weekend collected 490 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Monday is at 74 percent, with 10.5 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Monday, 69 percent of ventilators and 27 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 are at risk to remain at home so as to limit exposure. All others are urged to observe social distancing and to wear a mask for 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.

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