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Florida COVID-19 numbers surpass 43,000

By Staff | May 14, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, there were 43,210 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 808 since FDOH’s last update Wednesday morning.

More than 17,700 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Wednesday, May 13.

The death toll increased by 48 from 11 a.m. Wednesday to 11 a.m. Friday, reported among Lee, Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Hendry, Hillsborough, Manatee, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns and Suwannee counties.

A total of 609,574 individuals have been tested: 565,627 have tested negative, 737 tests were inconclusive and 1,228 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 7,749 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 1,875 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 7 percent. On May 13, 4.7 percent of new cases tested positive.

In Lee County, 1,350 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Thursday; 549 in Fort Myers, 253 in Cape Coral, 277 in Lehigh Acres, 99 in Bonita Springs, 54 in Estero, 40 in North Fort Myers, 11 in Sanibel, 11 on Fort Myers Beach, six in Alva, one on Captiva and one in Boca Grande. One case was not identified by community.

Positive COVID-19 cases in the county have ranged from infants to a 100-year-old man. 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 73 deaths in Lee County, all but three between the ages 61 to 96. The exceptions were a 39-year-old man who died March 25, a 52-year-old man who died April 30 and a 57-year-old woman who died May 12.

As of Thursday afternoon, Lee Health had 79 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, an increase of four from their last update Wednesday afternoon. A total of 353 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including one on Wednesday.

The system has submitted a total of 13,674 specimens for testing, with only three results currently pending.

Lee Health mobile collection sites on Wednesday collected 151 specimens and had 1,135 virtual visits between Lee TeleHealth and MyChartVideo.

Lee Health has 250 employees quarantined at home, up nine from Wednesday. Thirty-one employees currently are positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work, the same reported on Wednesday.

Current bed capacity is at 71 percent, with 7 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Thursday, 76 percent of ventilators 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 urges all members of the public who can, remain at home so as to limit exposure and so limit the number of cases so as to not overwhelm the health care system with at-risk and severe cases.

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.