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COVID-19 cases near 150,000 mark

By Staff | Jun 30, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Monday, there were 146,341 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 5,266 since FDOH’s last update Sunday morning.

Monday’s increase in positive cases in down from the explosion of cases over the weekend, which was three straight days that represent the three highest total case days in Florida since testing began.

Test results reported by the state on Monday were down dramatically from the previous three days, when the state reported more then 70,000 test results each day. While the number of test results may have gone down, the percentage positive actually increased.

More than 41,600 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Sunday, June 28. Of those reported tests, 13.76 percent tested positive.

The number of tests reported on June 28 is the lowest since June 23. On Friday, June 26, 78,318 tests were processed by the state – the highest since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll increased by 28 from 11 a.m. Sunday to 11 a.m. Monday, reported among Citrus, Dade, Hillsborough and Volusia counties.

A total of 1,914,151 individuals have been tested: 1,766,402 have tested negative, 1,408 tests were inconclusive and 1,744 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 14,244 (+110) have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 3,546 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 (15%), and 15-24 (15%).

The highest hospitalization rate is found in patients 65-74 (19%), 75-84 (18%) and 55-64 (17%) years old.

In Lee County, 5,363 (+175) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Monday; 2,330 in Fort Myers (+75), 999 in Cape Coral (+51), 1,175 in Lehigh Acres (+26), 321 in Bonita Springs (+1), 155 in North Fort Myers (+5), 123 in Estero (+7), 29 on Fort Myers Beach (+1), 17 in Sanibel (+1), 21 in Alva (+4), seven in Bokeelia (+1), four on Matlacha (+0), three in Tice (+0), two in Miromar Lakes (+0), two in Boca Grande (+0), one in Saint James City (+0), one on Captiva (+0), one in Buckingham (+0), one in San Carlos Park (+0).

Fifty-four 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 156 deaths in Lee County and a total of 601 hospitalizations.

All but nine deaths occurred in patients over 60; 113 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Monday, Lee Health had 219 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 879 patients who had tested positive have been discharged since the beginning of the pandemic.

The system has submitted a total of 27,400 specimens for testing, with 1,034 results currently pending.

Lee Health’s mobile collection site over the weekend collected 873 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Monday is at 78 percent, with 15.4 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Monday, 71 percent of ventilators and 32 percent of ICU rooms are available for use across Lee Health facilities.

The system is at 72 percent bed capacity with 19.5 percent being COVID-19 patients.

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.

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