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Florida reports lowest percent postivity in new cases in nearly a month

By Staff | Jul 22, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 379,619 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,785 since FDOH’s last update Tuesday morning.

More than 102,100 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, July 21. Of those reported tests, 10.55 percent tested positive. This is the lowest positivity percentage in a daily report of new cases from the state since June 24 when DOH reported an 8.72 positivity rate for 59,202 tests. Over the last two weeks, the average positivity rate has been 13.10.

The state saw its highest 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 139 from Tuesday’s update, reported among Lee, Alachua, Bay, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Leon, Marion, Nassau, Orange, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie and Volusia counties.

The Florida Department of Health had its single-largest reporting day for coronavirus-related deaths on July 16 with 156. 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 3,158,741 individuals have been tested: 2,775,092 have tested negative, 4,030 tests were inconclusive and 2,524 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 22,243 Florida residents have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 5,458 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, 13,395 (+270) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Wednesday; 5,560 in Fort Myers (+94), 2,952 in Cape Coral (+86), 2,590 in Lehigh Acres (+37), 893 in Bonita Springs (+26), 445 in North Fort Myers (+10), 293 in Estero (+6), 72 in Alva (+1), 58 on Fort Myers Beach (+1), 33 in Sanibel (+0), 21 in Bokeelia (+0), 18 in Saint James City (+0), 10 in Tice (+0), eight on Matlacha (+1), 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);144 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 245 (+1) deaths in Lee County; 148 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Tuesday, Lee Health had 322 COVID-19 patients isolated in system inpatient hospitals, including 43 new admissions. A total of 1,619 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 38 on Monday.

The system has submitted a total of 39,511 specimens for testing with 1,272 results pending.

On Tuesday, Lee Health had a 28% positivity rate on COVID-19 tests processed through Lee Health Labs. This represents Lee Health results only, not Lee County as a whole. Hospital positivity rates tend to be higher as the tests are performed on patients seeking treatment for a health issue, not the general public that includes asymptomatic individuals.

Lee Health’s mobile collection sites on Tuesday collected 522 specimens.

Current census is at 99% of staffed operational bed capacity, with 24(-.5)% of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Wednesday, 55 (-1) percent of ventilators and 6 (+1) percent of ICU rooms are available for use across Lee Health facilities. Staffed operational capacity reflects the number of beds for which the hospital has adequate staffing, not the total number of beds within Lee Health hospitals. Overall bed capacity fluctuates hour to hour as the system discharges patients throughout the day who are ready to go home.

There are 36 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 57 in the intensive care unit.

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.