COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 264 new cases, seven additional deaths

Dan DeLuca
 
| Fort Myers News-Press


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The Florida Department of Health reported 264 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths for Lee County Tuesday.

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

  • A 74-year-old woman who had contact with a known case and whose positive case was counted by the state on Oct. 7.
  • A 61-year-old man (Case counted Oct. 16).
  • A 70-year-old man (Case counted Oct. 18).
  • A 65-year-old woman (Case counted Oct. 22).
  • A 73-year-old man (Case counted Nov. 11).
  • A 77-year-old woman (Case counted Nov. 13).
  • An 88-year-old woman (Case counted Nov. 14). 

Lee’s COVID-19 death toll increased to 549, ninth-most among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 263 are attributed to residents and/or staff of long-term care facilities. 

For the second consecutive day, state health officials did not update the daily COVID-19 data until more than five hours past the approximate time the numbers are supposed to be posted for the public. The Department of Health did not answer questions asking if there was a reason for the delay or if the agency plans to officially change the time the public can expect the daily updates.

Lee’s cumulative total of 26,702 cases is eighth-highest in the state. Through Monday, Lee’s seven-day new case average was 225, which was 70% higher than the same average on Nov. 1 (132).

With nearly two more weeks left in November, Lee County has already added more cases this month (3,113) than it did in all of October (3,073).

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Through Monday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 2,541, about 120 more per day than the seven-day average on Nov. 1 (2,418).

The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 8.93% through Monday, about 3.5 percentage points higher than it was on Nov. 1 (5.46%).  

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 1,674 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 85 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s 12 more patients than were reported at approximately the same time Monday. The county also had 15% of its total hospital beds available and 26.8% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 23.2% (hospital beds) and 22.6% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 3,352 COVID-patients statewide as of 11 a.m. Tuesday. That’s 109 more patients than were reported 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: 12,209
  • Female: 13,747
  • Unknown/No data: 246

Race

  • Black: 2,346
  • White: 13,154
  • Other: 1,604
  • Unknown/No Data: 9,098

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 5,671
  • Non-Hispanic: 11,158
  • Unknown/No Data: 9,373

Residency

  • Residents: 26,202
  • Non-residents: 500

City, place of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 10,560
  • Cape Coral: 6,100
  • Lehigh Acres: 4,640
  • Bonita Springs: 1,655
  • North Fort Myers: 1,002
  • Estero: 802
  • Missing: 558
  • Fort Myers Beach: 168
  • Alva: 148
  • Matlacha: 105
  • South Fort Myers: 99
  • Sanibel: 77
  • Bokeelia: 70
  • Bonita Beach: 66
  • FGCU: 40
  • Saint James City: 37
  • Tice: 18
  • Boca Grande: 15
  • Miromar Lakes: 12
  • Buckingham: 5
  • Captiva: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 3
  • Pineland: 1

Tests reported for Lee County (through Nov. 16)

  • Total tested: 183,494
  • Positive: 26,702
  • Negative: 156,792
  • Percent positive: 14.55%
  • 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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