homepage logo

COVID-cases nearing 160,000

By Staff | Jul 1, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 158,997 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 6,563 since FDOH’s last update Tuesday morning.

More than 45,300 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, June 30. Of those reported tests, 15.04 percent tested positive. This is the second time a daily report has eclipsed a 15 percent positivity rate. Since June 24, positivity rates have increased from 8.93 percent to the 15.04 percent we saw today.

The number of tests reported on June 30 is similar to the test load reported on Monday; 43,441. Test results reported by the state over the last three days has been down dramatically from reports over the weekend, though the positivity rate continues to climb. Wednesday’s positivity rate is the highest since in the last two weeks 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 45 from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Wednesday, reported among Lee, Bay, Broward, Collier, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Okaloosa, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, St. Lucie, Suwannee, Volusia and Washington counties.

A total of 1,981,915 individuals have been tested: 1,821,357 have tested negative, 1,561 tests were inconclusive and 2,094 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 14,580 (+245) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 3,650 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, 5,869 (+281) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Wednesday; 2,550 in Fort Myers (+117), 1,122 in Cape Coral (+62), 1,252 in Lehigh Acres (+50), 355 in Bonita Springs (+17), 179 in North Fort Myers (+16), 130 in Estero (+6), 30 on Fort Myers Beach (+1), 17 in Sanibel (+0), 23 in Alva (+1), seven in Bokeelia (+0), four on Matlacha (+0), four in Saint James City (+2), three in Tice (+0), two in Miromar Lakes (+0), two in Boca Grande (+0), two on Captiva (+0), two in San Carlos Park (+1) and one in Buckingham (+0).

Sixty-six 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 159 deaths (+1) in Lee County and a total of 609 (+3) hospitalizations; 115 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Wednesday, Lee Health had 245 COVID-19 patients isolated in system inpatient hospitals. A total of 927 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 24 on Tuesday. Lee Health had 229 patients insolated in hospitals on Tuesday.

The system has submitted a total of 28,091 specimens for testing, with 1,316 results currently pending.

Lee Health’s mobile collection sites on Tuesday collected 396 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Wednesday is at 80 percent, with 19.7 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Wednesday, 71 percent of ventilators and 15 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.