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Florida breaks another single-day record with 3,822 COVID-19 cases

By Staff | Jun 19, 2020

By the Numbers

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 89,748 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 3,822 since FDOH’s last update Thursday morning.

This is the highest single-day report of new cases from the state, topping yesterday’s record number. This is also the second consecutive day that single-day cases have topped 3,000. Friday marks the 18th straight day of more than 1,000 new cases reported by the state.

More than 34,800 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Thursday, June 18. Of those reported tests, 10 percent tested positive.

The number of tests reported on June 18 is under the average number of tests the state has completed per day in the last two weeks; which is 36,047 each day.

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

The death toll increased by 43 from 11 a.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Friday, reported among Lee, Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Escambia, Gadsden, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lee, Manatee, Marion, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Union, Volusia, and Washington counties.

A total of 1,533,876 individuals have been tested: 1,443,123 have tested negative, 1,005 tests were inconclusive and 1,578 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 12,774 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 3,104 deaths.

The age groups of Florida residents that have yielded the most positive test results are 25-34 years old (18%), followed by 45-54 (16%), 35-44(16%) and 55-64(14%).

The highest hospitalization rate is found in patients 65-74(20%), 75-84(18%) and 55-64 (17%) years old.

In Lee County, 3,354 (+121) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday; 1,412 in Fort Myers (+40), 613 in Cape Coral (+34), 773 in Lehigh Acres (+32), 218 in Bonita Springs (+3), 105 in North Fort Myers (+4), 89 in Estero (+5), 20 on Fort Myers Beach (+0), 13 in Sanibel (+0), 11 in Alva (+0), four on Matlacha (+0), two in Miromar Lakes (+0), two in Bokeelia (+1), one in Saint James City (+0), one on Captiva (+0), one in Tice (+0), one in Buckingham (+0), one in San Carlos Park (+0) and one in Boca Grande (+0). Sixteen 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 139 deaths in Lee County, an increase of one from yesterday. There have been a total of 530 hospitalizations in the county, an increase of six from yesterday. All but seven deaths occurred in patients over 60. 102 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Friday, Lee Health had 141 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 692 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 13 on Thursday.

The system has submitted a total of 23,002 specimens for testing, with eight results currently pending.

Lee Health’s mobile collection site yesterday collected 182 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Friday is at 77 percent, with 11.8 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Friday, 74 percent of ventilators and 29 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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