COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 146 new cases, five additional deaths

Dan DeLuca
 
| Fort Myers News-Press


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The Florida Department of Health reported 146 new COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths for Lee County Tuesday.

The newly verified deaths were identified by the state as follows:

  • A 56-year-old man who had contact with a known case and whose positive case was counted by the state on Sept. 20.
  • A 67-year-old man (Case counted Sept. 22).
  • A 70-year-old man (Case counted Oct. 22).
  • An 83-year-old man (Case counted Oct. 22).
  • A 69-year-old man (Case counted Oct. 26).

State health officials did not update the daily COVID-19 data until after 3 p.m., more than four hours past the typical time the numbers are posted for the public. The Department of Health did not give a reason for Tuesday’s delay.  

Lee’s COVID-19 death toll climbed to 523, ninth-most among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 259 are attributed to residents and/or staff of long-term care facilities. 

Lee’s cumulative total of 23,980 cases is eighth-highest in the state. Through Monday, Lee’s seven-day new case average was 128, which was 129% higher than the same average on Oct. 1 (56).

More: Lee County reaches grim COVID-19 milestone with 500 deaths attributed to coronavirus

Through Monday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 2,361, 870 more per day than the seven-day average on Oct. 1 (1,491).

Lee’s overall positivity rate ticked up to 14.19% Tuesday. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 5.49% through Monday, about 1.7 percentage points higher than it was on Oct. 1 (3.81%).  

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 1,560 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, but that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 11 a.m. Tuesday, there were 57 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s seven fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Monday. The county also had 19.5% of its total hospital beds available and 15% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 25.3% (hospital beds) and 24.5% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 2,477 COVID-patients statewide as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. That’s 20 more patients than at approximately the same time Monday.

The Florida Department of Health is not reporting how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

Other numbers include the following demographics breakdown for Florida residents:

Age

  • Age Range: 0 to 103
  • Median Age: 42

Gender

  • Male: 11,027
  • Female: 12,383
  • Unknown/No data: 187

Race

  • Black: 2,154
  • White: 11,410
  • Other: 1,377
  • Unknown/No Data: 8,656

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 5,208
  • Non-Hispanic: 9,415
  • Unknown/No Data: 8,974

Residency

  • Residents: 23,597
  • Non-residents: 383

City, place of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 9,618
  • Cape Coral: 5,427
  • Lehigh Acres: 4,379
  • Bonita Springs: 1,503
  • North Fort Myers: 871
  • Estero: 661
  • Missing: 410
  • Alva: 131
  • Fort Myers Beach: 101
  • South Fort Myers: 95
  • Matlacha: 91
  • Sanibel: 63
  • Bokeelia: 60
  • Bonita Beach: 52
  • FGCU: 38
  • Saint James City: 32
  • Tice: 18
  • Boca Grande: 12
  • Miromar Lakes: 5
  • Buckingham: 4
  • Captiva: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 3
  • Pineland: 1

Tests reported for Lee County (through Nov. 2)

  • Total tested: 168,940
  • Positive: 23,980
  • Negative: 144,836
  • Percent positive: 14.19%
  • Note: The Florida Department of Health removed cumulative testing data from its COVID dashboard Tuesday but the data can be viewed here.

View yesterday’s report. View yesterday’s line list of cases and deaths.

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