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Florida COVID-19 cases increase by more than 10,000 again

By Staff | Jul 20, 2020

By the Numbers

As of 11 a.m. Monday, there are 360,394 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 10,347 since FDOH’s last update Sunday morning.

More than 78,900 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Sunday, July 19. Of those reported tests, 14.74 percent tested positive. Over the last two weeks, the average positivity rate has been 13.54.

The state saw its highly daily percentage of positive patients July 8, when 18.50 percent of tests reported were positive among 51,686 tests.

The death toll increased by 90 from yesterday’s update, reported among Alachua, Broward, Charlotte, Clay, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Hernando, Hillsborough, Jackson, Jefferson, Lake, Leon, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Lucie and Volusia counties. This does not mean all of the deaths occurred or were reported by local health care facilities on that day but that they were released in the state report that day after reports were processed.

A total of 3,055,922 individuals have been tested: 2,691,712 have tested negative, 3,816 tests were inconclusive and 2,391 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 21,263 Florida residents have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 5,183 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 (16%).

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

In Lee County, 12,906 (+195) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Monday; 5,372 in Fort Myers (+71), 2,813 in Cape Coral (+63), 2,522 in Lehigh Acres (+37), 856 in Bonita Springs (+8), 430 in North Fort Myers (+8), 282 in Estero (+6), 68 in Alva (+3), 57 on Fort Myers Beach (+0), 32 in Sanibel (1 removed), 21 in Bokeelia (+0), 18 in Saint James City (+0), 10 in Tice (+0), seven on Matlacha (+0), three on Captiva (+0), three in Buckingham (+0); three in Boca Grande (+0), three in Miromar Lakes (+0), two in San Carlos Park (+0), one in South Fort Myers(+0) and one in Immokalee(+0);129 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 232 (+0) deaths in Lee County; 144 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Lee Health’s last update July 17, the system had 317 COVID-19 patients isolated in system inpatient hospitals, including 41 new admissions. A total of 1,494 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 33 on July 16.

The system has submitted a total of 37,476 specimens for testing, with 1,779 results pending as of July 17.

On July 16, Lee Health had a 26.1% positivity rate on COVID-19 tests processed through Lee Health Labs. This represents Lee Health results only, not Lee County as a whole.

Lee Health’s mobile collection sites on July 16 collected 553 specimens.

Census as of July 17 is at 98.3% of staffed operational bed capacity, with 24.8% of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of July 16, 64 percent of ventilators and 9 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.