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COVID-19 cases top 152,000

By Staff | Jun 30, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 152,434 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 6,093 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

More than 43,400 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, June 29. Of those reported tests, 14.57 percent tested positive.

The number of tests reported on June 29 is similar to the test load reported on Sunday; 41,624. Test results reported by the state over the last two days has been down dramatically from the reports over the weekend, though the positivity rate continues to climb. Tuesday’s positivity rate, 14.57 percent, is the highest since June 16 with the exception of one day (June 23, 15.85 positive). On Friday, June 26, 78,318 tests were processed by the state the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll increased by 58 from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday, reported among Lee, Broward, Collier, Dade, Escambia, Hillsborough, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Volusia counties.

A total of 1,946,510 individuals have been tested: 1,792,561 have tested negative, 1,515 tests were inconclusive and 1,904 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 14,580 (+336) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 3,604 deaths.

The age groups of Florida residents that have yielded the most positive test results are 25-34 years old (20%), followed by 35-44 (16%), 15-24 (16%) and 45-54 (15%).

The highest hospitalization rate is found in patients 65-74 (19%), 75-84 (18%) and 55-64 (17%) years old.

In Lee County, 5,588 (+225) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 2,433 in Fort Myers (+103), 1,060 in Cape Coral (+61), 1,202 in Lehigh Acres (+27), 338 in Bonita Springs (+17), 163 in North Fort Myers (+8), 124 in Estero (+1), 29 on Fort Myers Beach (+0), 17 in Sanibel (+0), 22 in Alva (+1), seven in Bokeelia (+0), four on Matlacha (+0), three in Tice (+0), two in Miromar Lakes (+0), two in Boca Grande (+0), two in Saint James City (+1), two on Captiva (+1), one in Buckingham (+0), one in San Carlos Park (+0).

Fifty-seven 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 158 deaths (+2) in Lee County and a total of 606 (+5) hospitalizations; 114 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Tuesday, Lee Health had 229 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 903 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 24 on Monday. Lee Health had 219 patients isolated in hospitals on Monday.

The system has submitted a total of 27,706 specimens for testing, with 1,488 results currently pending.

Lee Health’s mobile collection site on Monday collected 289 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Tuesday is at 80 percent, with 18.5 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Tuesday, 69 percent of ventilators and 28 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.