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COVID cases near 442,000 mark

By Staff | Jul 28, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 441,977 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,230 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

More than 90,200 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, July 27. Of those reported tests, 11.69 percent tested positive. Over the last two weeks, the average positivity rate has been 12.33.

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 a record 191 deaths (186 Florida residents, 5 non-Florida residents) from Monday’s update, reported among Lee, Bay, Brevard, Collier, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Lake, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Suwannee, Volusia and Wakulla counties.

The state previously reported its largest death toll of 173 on July 23. 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 3,485,141 individuals have been tested: 3,038,322 have tested negative, 4,842 tests were inconclusive and 3,017 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 24,917 Florida residents have been hospitalized at some point during their illness according to the state. There have been 6,240 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%), 45-54 (16%) and 15-24 (15%).

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

In Lee County, 14,716 (+176) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 6,036 in Fort Myers (+58), 3,290 in Cape Coral (+39), 2,906 in Lehigh Acres (+34), 973 in Bonita Springs (+11), 505 in North Fort Myers (+19), 315 in Estero (+5), 86 in Alva (+1), 60 on Fort Myers Beach (+1), 34 in Sanibel (+1), 26 in Bokeelia (+1), 18 in Saint James City (+0), 12 in Tice (+1), eight 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);155 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 272(+13) deaths in Lee County; 158(+4) deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Monday, Lee Health had 269 COVID-19 patients isolated in system inpatient hospitals, including 62 new admissions over the weekend. A total of 1,821 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 78 over the weekend.

The system has submitted a total of 42,380 specimens for testing with 1,154 results pending.

On Sunday, Lee Health had a 22.5% 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 over the weekend collected 1,049 specimens.

Current Census is at 90% of staffed operational bed capacity, with 23% of those being COVID-19 patients. 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.

As of Monday, 56% of ventilators and 10% of ICU rooms are available for use across Lee Health facilities.

There are currently 31 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 42 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.