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Coronavirus cases, deaths keep rising

By Staff | Jun 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is being felt increasingly throughout the state as well as Lee County. The number of cases in Lee County jumped 24 percent over the past week to 2,877 cases.

The number of Lee County residents recorded as having died with COVID-19 rose from 117 on June 8 to 132 on June 15, an increase of about 13% over the previous week. A week earlier, deaths rose approximately 12% in the county from COVID-19. As of June 17, there were 137 deaths in Lee County having been attributed to the coronavirus.

The reporting continues to lag in that regard as only one of the 15 deaths recorded in Lee County between June 8 and June 15 occurred in that time period an 82-year-old female on June 10. Since then, there have been three deaths recorded – a 68-year-old female, an 88-year-old male and a 91-year-old female.

In Fort Myers Beach, the positive cases of COVID-19 went from 16 to 19.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Florida rose to 77,326 on June 15, a 19% increase from the 64,904 recorded on June 8. The state recorded the most cases of the pandemic on a single day June 12, with 2,337 positive results, followed by the second-highest number on June 13 with 2,162 positives. There were 1,807 positives reported on June 14.

The number of deaths of Florida residents attributed to COVID-19 rose to 2,938 on June 15, from 2,712 on June 8.

The deaths continue to disproportionately affect senior citizens, with approximately 86% of all deaths statewide among those 65 or older. Those 75 or older reflect 65% of deaths. In Lee County, nine of the 132 deaths were of somebody under 65. Of the 132 deaths in Lee County, 96 were in long-term care facilities.

The total number of people tested has also risen correspondingly with 1.4 million people tested, an increase of approximately 200,000 over the previous week. At Lee Health, there were 141 COVID-19 coronavirus patients as of June 17.