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Florida coronavirus cases up 46% over past week

By Staff | Jun 29, 2020

Lee Health CEO Larry Antonucci

In one week, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases shot up a staggering 46% statewide from 100,217 to 146,341 as of Monday, June 29.

That seven-day figure also includes a rise in deaths from 3,173 to 3,447 among Florida residents, an eight-percent increase. For the first time this week, the state also released the number of non-Florida resident deaths from COVID-19, with the Department of Health reporting 99 such deaths as of June 29. That brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths statewide to 3,546 since the pandemic began.

In Lee County, the number of cases grew at the same precise rate as the state, going from 3,666 to 5,363, a 46% increase. Despite the higher numbers, Lee County has fallen behind Duval County down to eighth statewide in terms of its number of cases. Of the 5,363 cases, two percent are among non-Florida residents.

The number of deaths in Lee County rose from 149 to 156. Lee County reported its youngest death from COVID-19 when 17-year-old Cypress Lake High School student Carsyn Davis died on June 23. The most recently reported death since then was a 49-year-old female who died with COVID-19 on June 27.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach saw its largest weekly uptick of COVID-19 cases from June 22 to June 29, going from 20 to 29 confirmed cases.

There have been 56,031 people tested in Lee County for the coronavirus, putting the percentage of positive cases at 9.5%. There have been 1.9 million people tested statewide, meaning the statewide percentage of positive COVID-19 cases amongst those tested is 7.7%.

Florida established new single-day records for the state on June 24 when 8,813 COVID-19 positives were reported, which was topped on June 26 by 9,557 new cases.

The cases have begun shifting to the younger population in a stark way with 55% of all COVID-19 cases in Florida amongst those 44 and younger. That percentage was 51% a week ago and 42% on June 2. In the last two to three weeks, DeSantis said the median age of those testing positive are those in their early 30’s. The 25-34 age bracket represents 20 percent of all cases, the highest percentage in the state.

As of June 29, there were 219 patients at Lee Health hospitals with COVID-19. At a press conference with Gov. Ron DeSantis at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers on Friday, Lee Health CEO Larry Antonucci urged people to wear masks.

“We are trying to get to the hearts and minds to the people of this community why it is important to wear a mask and if you’re not wearing a mask tell us why. We want to know why you’re not,” Antonucci said.