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COVID-19 cases pass 114,000 mark

By Staff | Jun 25, 2020

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Florida increased by more than 5,000 in the last 24 hours for the second straight day.

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there were 114,018 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 5,004 since FDOH’s last update Tuesday morning.

Test results reported Thursday are the second highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the state since testing began, and the second day in a row the daily number has cracked 5,000. Wednesday marked the highest single-day total with 5,508 new positive tests.

Thursday marks the 24th straight day of more than 1,000 new cases reported by the state.

More than 36,300 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, June 32. Of those reported tests, 15.91 percent tested positive.

The number of tests reported on June 24 the highest number of tests the state has completed. Over the last two weeks, the state has averaged 38,299 tests each day.

The death toll increased by 46 from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Thursday, reported among Broward, Collier, Dade, Dixie, Duval, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Suwannee counties.

A total of 1,721,812 individuals have been tested: 1,606,626 have tested negative, 1,168 tests were inconclusive and 1,675 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 13,775 (+201) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 3,327 deaths.

The age groups of Florida residents that have yielded the most positive test results are 25-34 years old (19%), followed by 45-54 (16%), 35-44(16%) and 15-24(14%).

The highest hospitalization rate is found in patients 65-74 (29%), 75-84 (18%) and 55-64 (17%) years old.

In Lee County, 4,062 (+118) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Thursday; 1,737 in Fort Myers (+52), 745 in Cape Coral (+24), 920 in Lehigh Acres (+28), 252 in Bonita Springs (+7), 121 in North Fort Myers (+0), 102 in Estero (+2), 22 on Fort Myers Beach (+1), 13 in Sanibel (+0), 12 in Alva (+0), four on Matlacha (+0), three in Bokeelia (+0), three in Tice (+0), two in Miromar Lakes (+0), one in Saint James City (+0), one on Captiva (+0), one in Buckingham (+0), one in San Carlos Park (+0) and one in Boca Grande (+0). 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 149 deaths in Lee County, revised from 148 on Wednesday. There have been a total of 575 (+9) hospitalizations in the county. All but seven deaths occurred in patients over 60; 108 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Thursday, Lee Health had 172 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 789 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 31 on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Lee Health had 186 patients in its care with COVID-19.

The system has submitted a total of 25,906 specimens for testing, with 99 results currently pending.

Lee Health’s mobile collection site on Wednesday collected 294 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Thursday is at 78 percent, with 14.3 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Thursday, 71 percent of ventilators and 23 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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