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Slight shift in coronavirus cases in Lee County

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Sep 23, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lee County climbed to 20,025 on Monday from 19,176 a week earlier, an increase of approximately 4%. That represents an increase from last week’s change of 1.8% while statewide statistics maintained the same pace they have been on for the past month.

On Fort Myers Beach, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases went up from 85 to 86 this past week.

The number of confirmed positives for COVID-19 grew to 685,439 statewide on Monday, an increase of 2.9% over the previous week. For the past month, the number of new coronavirus cases have been following a similar pattern increasing week-to-week by similar percentages after growing at its fastest recorded rate in July.

The number of deaths related to the coronavirus rose statewide to 13,480 on figures reported Monday, up from 12,800 a week earlier. Those figures represent a slowing down of the death rate.

The death reports don’t necessarily mean they occurred on those days but that is when they were processed in state reports.

In Lee County, the number of deaths rose from 448 to 458. The latest recorded death related to COVID-19 was an 85-year-old male who died Sept. 8.

About 5.1 million people have been tested for the coronavirus in Florida.

At Lee Health, there were 61 patients isolated for COVID-19 in its hospitals as of Monday, which was up a tick from 59 last week.