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COVID cases up by more than 5,500 overnight

June 24, 2020
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Florida increased by more than 5,500 overnight.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 109,014 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 5,508 since FDOH's last update Tuesday morning.

Test results reported Wednesday are the highest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases in the state since testing began, and the first time the daily number has cracked 5,000.

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Wednesday marks the 23rd straight day of more than 1,000 new cases reported by the state.

More than 36,300 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, June 32. Of those reported tests, 15.91 percent tested positive.

The number of tests reported on June 23 is nearly the exact average number of tests the state has completed per day in the last two weeks; which is 36,315 each day.

The highest number of tests recorded in one day was 57,074 on June 6.

The death toll increased by 44 from 11 a.m. Tuesday to 11 a.m. Tuesday, reported among Charlotte, Collier, Dade, Hendry, Hillsborough, Martin, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and St. Lucie counties.

A total of 1,669,440 individuals have been tested: 1,559,328 have tested negative, 1,098 tests were inconclusive and 1,535 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 13,574 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 3,281 deaths.

The age groups of Florida residents that have yielded the most positive test results are 25-34 years old (19%), followed by 45-54 (16%), 35-44(16%) and 15-24(14%).

The highest hospitalization rate is found in patients 65-74 (20%), 75-84 (18%) and 55-64 (17%) years old.

In Lee County, 3,944 (+199) individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Wednesday; 1,569 in Fort Myers (+116), 721 in Cape Coral (+26), 892 in Lehigh Acres (+33), 245 in Bonita Springs (+8), 121 in North Fort Myers (+7), 100 in Estero (+1), 21 on Fort Myers Beach (+0), 13 in Sanibel (+0), 12 in Alva (+1), four on Matlacha (+0), three in Bokeelia (+0), three in Tice (+1), two in Miromar Lakes (+0), one in Saint James City (+0), one on Captiva (+0), one in Buckingham (+0), one in San Carlos Park (+0) and one in Boca Grande (+0). Thirty 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 148 deaths in Lee County, revised from 149 Tuesday. There have been a total of 566 hospitalizations in the county. All but seven deaths occurred in patients over 60. 108 deaths were reported in residents or staff of long-term care facilities, revised from 109 yesterday.

As of Wednesday, Lee Health had 186 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals. A total of 758 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including eight on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Lee Health had 164 patients in its care with COVID-19.

The system has submitted a total of 25,310 specimens for testing, with 63 results currently pending.

Lee Health's mobile collection site on Tuesday collected 265 specimens.

Bed capacity as of Wednesday is at 77 percent, with 15.7 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Wednesday, 73 percent of ventilators and 28 percent of ICU rooms 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 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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