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COVID-19 cases steadying, variant cases growing in Florida

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Apr 1, 2021

The number of coronavirus cases documented by the Florida Department of Health rose over a seven-day period to 2,047,379 on data recorded Monday for about a 1.8 % increase over the previous week, when cases rose by a similar rate.

On a separate track. the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that Florida currently leads the nation in the coronavirus variant known as B.1.1.7 with 2,351 out of the 11,569 cases reported nationwide to the CDC as of March 30.

According to Lee Health spokesperson Jonathan Little, the health care organization is currently not testing for variants of COVID-19. “We do not test for this. This requires genetic testing that our labs don’t do,” Little stated in an email.

The number of coronavirus cases in Lee County rose approximately 2% this past week 61,015 to 62,300 on data reported Monday by the Florida Department of Health.

The number of cases for the Fort Myers Beach zip code over the last week ticked up from 674 to 685.

In Lee County, there have been 944 deaths from COVID-19 as of Monday, up from 941 on data released seven days earlier. The time between the recording of those deaths and the release of the data typically lags by two weeks or more.

Lee Health reported having 73 patients isolated in its hospitals with COVID-19 Monday, which remained flat from the prior week.

Approximately 5.68 million Floridians have received a COVID-19 vaccination shot. Of those, about 2.5 million have received a first dose, but are still awaiting a second dose of their shot.

In Lee County, 213,892 people have been vaccinated for the coronavirus. According to the U.S. Census, there was more than 21 million people living in Florida in 2019 and an estimated 770,577 people living in Lee County as of 2019.