COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 172 new cases, no additional deaths

The Florida Department of Health reported 172 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths for Lee County Wednesday.

Lee’s cumulative total of 24,152 cases is eighth-highest in the state. It took the county eight days to go from 23,000 to 24,000 cases, the fewest days to add 1,000 cases since August when it took seven days for Lee to go from 16,000 to 17,000 cases.  

Through Tuesday, Lee’s seven-day new case average was 131, which was 134% higher than the same average on Oct. 1 (56).

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

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

Through Tuesday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 2,187, almost 700 more per day than the seven-day average on Oct. 1 (1,491).

The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 5.73% through Tuesday, about 1.9 percentage points higher than it was on Oct. 1 (3.81%).  

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 1,566 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, but that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, there were 70 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s 13 more patients than were reported at approximately the same time Monday. The county also had 18.1% of its total hospital beds available and 12.9% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 25.2% (hospital beds) and 24.5% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 2,486 COVID-patients statewide as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. That’s nine more patients than at approximately the same time Tuesday.

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: 11,098
  • Female: 12,460
  • Unknown/No data: 195

Race

  • Black: 2,160
  • White: 11,509
  • Other: 1,392
  • Unknown/No Data: 8,692

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 5,237
  • Non-Hispanic: 9,517
  • Unknown/No Data: 8,999

Residency

  • Residents: 23,753
  • Non-residents: 399

City, place of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 9,668
  • Cape Coral: 5,455
  • Lehigh Acres: 4,393
  • Bonita Springs: 1,518
  • North Fort Myers: 882
  • Estero: 679
  • Missing: 420
  • Alva: 136
  • Fort Myers Beach: 102
  • South Fort Myers: 95
  • Matlacha: 93
  • Sanibel: 63
  • Bokeelia: 60
  • Bonita Beach: 53
  • FGCU: 38
  • Saint James City: 32
  • Tice: 18
  • Boca Grande: 13
  • Miromar Lakes: 5
  • Buckingham: 4
  • Captiva: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 3
  • Pineland: 1

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

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