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COVID-19 cases top 52,000

By Staff | May 26, 2020

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 52,255 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 509 since FDOH’s last update Monday morning.

More than 20,200 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, May 25. Of those reported tests, 2.7 percent tested positive.

The death toll increased by seven from 11 a.m. Monday to 11 a.m. Tuesday, reported among Broward, Pasco, Polk, Walton and Washington counties.

A total of 924,920 individuals have been tested: 870,969 have tested negative, 1,696 tests were inconclusive and 901 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 9,482 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness. There have been 2,259 deaths.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percentage of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 6 percent.

In Lee County, 1,759 individuals have tested positive as of 11 a.m. Tuesday; 727 in Fort Myers, 316 in Cape Coral, 384 in Lehigh Acres, 124 in Bonita Springs, 63 in Estero, 51 in North Fort Myers, 11 in Sanibel, 13 on Fort Myers Beach, seven in Alva, three on Matlacha, one on Captiva, one in Bokeelia and one in Boca Grande. Three 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 93 deaths in Lee County, revised from 89 by the health department Thursday. All but three deaths were patients 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 Tuesday afternoon, Lee Health had 110 COVID-19 patients isolated in system hospitals, an increase of 15 since their last update Friday afternoon. A total of 478 patients who had tested positive have been discharged, including 41 over the long weekend.

The system has submitted a total of 16,162 specimens for testing, with only one result currently pending.

Lee Health mobile collection sites over the weekend collected 281 specimens and had a total of 738 telemedicine visits.

Current bed capacity is at 73.8 percent, with 9.5 percent of those being COVID-19 patients.

As of Tuesday, 72 percent of ventilators and 14 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 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.