COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 212 new cases, no additional deaths

COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 212 new cases, no additional deaths 1
COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 212 new cases, no additional deaths 2

Dan DeLuca
| Fort Myers News-Press

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The Florida Department of Health reported 212 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths for Lee County Monday.

State health officials did not update the daily COVID-19 data until after 4:30 p.m., more than five hours past the stated approximate time the numbers are supposed to be posted for the public. The Department of Health did not give a reason for Monday’s delay.

Lee’s cumulative total of 26,438 cases is eighth-highest in the state. It took the county five days to go from 25,000 to 26,000 cases (Nov. 11-15), the fewest days to add 1,000 cases since July when it took three days for Lee to go from 13,000 to 14,000 cases.  

Through Sunday, Lee’s seven-day new case average was 207, which was 270% higher than the same average on Oct. 1 (56).

Lee’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 542, ninth-most among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 263 are attributed to residents and/or staff of long-term care facilities. 

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Through Sunday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 2,392, about 900 more per day than the seven-day average on Oct. 1 (1,491).

The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 8.83% through Sunday, about 3.4 percentage points higher than it was on Nov. 1 (3.81%).  

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 1,644 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Monday, but that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 11 a.m. Monday, there were 73 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. The county also had 20% of its total hospital beds available and 29.1% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 26% (hospital beds) and 25.8% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 3,243 COVID-patients statewide as of 11 a.m. 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 Range: 0 to 103
  • Median Age: 42


  • Male: 12,110
  • Female: 13,605
  • Unknown/No data: 234


  • Black: 2,329
  • White: 12,998
  • Other: 1,583
  • Unknown/No Data: 9,039


  • Hispanic: 5,635
  • Non-Hispanic: 10,996
  • Unknown/No Data: 9,318


  • Residents: 25,949
  • Non-residents: 489

City, place of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 10,460
  • Cape Coral: 6,028
  • Lehigh Acres: 4,615
  • Bonita Springs: 1,639
  • North Fort Myers: 989
  • Estero: 787
  • Missing: 548
  • Fort Myers Beach: 161
  • Alva: 147
  • Matlacha: 105
  • South Fort Myers: 99
  • Sanibel: 77
  • Bokeelia: 70
  • Bonita Beach: 66
  • FGCU: 40
  • Saint James City: 37
  • Tice: 19
  • Boca Grande: 15
  • Miromar Lakes: 11
  • Buckingham: 5
  • Captiva: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 3
  • Pineland: 1

Tests reported for Lee County (through Nov. 15)

  • Total tested: 182,151
  • Positive: 26,438
  • Negative: 155,582
  • Percent positive: 14.51%
  • 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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