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Florida see another near 10,000-case jump in COVID-19

By Staff | Jul 8, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 223,783 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,989 since FDOH’s last update Tuesday morning.

More than 75,800 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, July 7. Of those reported tests, 14.15 percent tested positive.

Since June 25, positivity rates have steadily remained between 12 and 16 percent despite the number of tests reported. The state saw its highest daily percentage of positive patients yesterday, with a 16.21 percent positivity rate among 48,508 tests.

On July 3, 85,080 tests were processed by the state — the highest since the beginning of the pandemic. On that day, 14.11 percent of those tested received positive results.

The death toll increased by 48 from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Wednesday, reported among Broward, Dade, Escambia, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Santa Rosa, St. Lucie and Volusia counties.

A total of 2,322,389 individuals have been tested: 2,096,424 have tested negative, 2,182 tests were inconclusive and 1,773 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 16,758 Florida residents have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 3,991 deaths.

The age groups of Florida residents that have yielded the most positive test results are 25-34 years old (21%), 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 (17%) and 55-64 (17%) years old.

In Lee County, 7,859 (+266) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Wednesday; 3,502 in Fort Myers (+121), 1,661 in Cape Coral (+56), 1,617 in Lehigh Acres (+39), 532 in Bonita Springs (+26), 262 in North Fort Myers (+12), 175 in Estero (+4), 40 on Fort Myers Beach (+0), 34 in Alva (+1), 20 in Sanibel (+0), 14 in Bokeelia (+0), six on Matlacha (+0), six in Saint James City (+0), three on Captiva (+0), four in Tice (+1), two in Miromar Lakes (+0), two in Boca Grande (+0), two in San Carlos Park (+0) and one in Buckingham (+0).

Ninety-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 172 (+0) deaths in Lee County; 121 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Wednesday, Lee Health had 316 COVID-19 patients isolated in system inpatient hospitals. A total of 1,1159 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 251 on Tuesday. Lee Health had 301 patients isolated in hospitals on Tuesday.

The system has submitted a total of 32,568 specimens for testing, with 1,234 results currently pending.

Lee Health’s mobile collection sites on Tuesday collected 498 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Wednesday is at 87 (+0)% percent, with 23.4(+1%) percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Tuesday, 60 (-1%) percent of ventilators and 9 (-1%) 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.