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State reports record-high deaths for third straight day; 9 in Lee

Locally, admissions continue to drop

By CJ HADDAD - | Jul 31, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 470,386 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,007 since FDOH’s last update Thursday morning.

More than 97,600 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Thursday, July 30. Of those reported tests, 10.57 percent tested positive. Over the last two weeks, the average positivity rate has been 12.08. This is the lowest percent positivity rate in a daily report over the last two weeks.

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 set a new record for the third consecutive day, increasing by 257 deaths (257 Florida resident, no non-Florida resident) from Thursday’s update, reported among Lee, Alachua, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Dade, Duval, Escambia, Gadsden, Hendry, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jackson, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Monroe, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties.

This new record by the state follows Thursday’s count of 253, Wednesday’s death toll of 217 and Tuesday’s report of 191. 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 3,633,393 individuals have been tested: 3,157,702 have tested negative, 5,305 tests were inconclusive and 3,363 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 26,533 Florida residents have been hospitalized at some point during their illness according to the state. There have been 6,843 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, 15,416 (+281) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Friday; 6,264 in Fort Myers (+90), 3,493 in Cape Coral (+85), 3,054 in Lehigh Acres (+49), 1,013 in Bonita Springs (+21), 547 in North Fort Myers (+21), 331 in Estero (+4), 90 in Alva (+0), 62 on Fort Myers Beach (+2), 36 in Sanibel (+1), 28 in Bokeelia (+2), 20 in Saint James City (+0), 13 in Tice (+1), nine 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); 159 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 295 (+9) deaths in Lee County; 167 (+3) deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

As of Thursday, Lee Health had 216 COVID-19 patients isolated in system inpatient hospitals, including 23 new admissions Wednesday.

A total of 1,932 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 27 on Wednesday.

The system has submitted a total of 43,682 specimens for testing with 749 results pending.

On Wednesday, Lee Health had a 21.4% 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 Wednesday collected 149 specimens.

Current Census is at 83 (-3)% of staffed operational bed capacity, with 19.1 (+.1)% 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 Thursday, 62 (+1)% of ventilators and 24 (+8)% of ICU rooms are available for use across Lee Health facilities.

There are currently 30 (-0) COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 38 (-1) 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.