COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 287 new cases, no additional deaths

Dan DeLuca
 
| Fort Myers News-Press


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The Florida Department of Health reported 287 new COVID-19 cases and no additional deaths for Lee County Wednesday.

In the past four days, Lee County has added 1,052 new COVID-19 cases, the most in a four-day span since July 21-24 (1,160).

Lee’s cumulative total of 26,989 cases is eighth-highest in the state. Through Tuesday, Lee’s seven-day new case average was 230, which was 74% greater than the same average on Nov. 1 (132) and the highest average since July 26 (231).

For the third consecutive day, state health officials did not update the daily COVID-19 data until about five hours past the approximate time the numbers are supposed to be posted for the public. The Department of Health has still not answered questions asking if there is a reason for the consistent delays or if the agency plans to officially change the time the public can expect the daily updates.

Lee’s COVID-19 death toll remained at 549, ninth-most among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 264 are attributed to residents and/or staff of long-term care facilities. 

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Through Tuesday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 2,633, more than 200 more per day than the seven-day average on Nov. 1 (2,418).

The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 8.78% through Tuesday, about 3.3 percentage points higher than it was on Nov. 1 (5.46%).  

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 1,686 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. So far this month, the state has reported 137 new COVID-related hospitalizations in Lee, compared to 74 for all of October.  

As of approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday, there were 79 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s six fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Tuesday. The county also had 14.7% of its total hospital beds available and 25.4% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 22.5% (hospital beds) and 21.7% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 3,347 COVID-patients statewide as of 11 a.m. Wednesday. That’s five fewer patients than were reported 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: 12,342
  • Female: 13,885
  • Unknown/No data: 250

Race

  • Black: 2,377
  • White: 13,352
  • Other: 1,634
  • Unknown/No Data: 9,114

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 5,727
  • Non-Hispanic: 11,348
  • Unknown/No Data: 9,401

Residency

  • Residents: 26,477
  • Non-residents: 512

City, place of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 10,661
  • Cape Coral: 6,172
  • Lehigh Acres: 4,668
  • Bonita Springs: 1,671
  • North Fort Myers: 1,022
  • Estero: 814
  • Missing: 573
  • Fort Myers Beach: 174
  • Alva: 148
  • Matlacha: 105
  • South Fort Myers: 99
  • Sanibel: 78
  • Bokeelia: 70
  • Bonita Beach: 66
  • FGCU: 40
  • Saint James City: 38
  • Tice: 18
  • Boca Grande: 17
  • Miromar Lakes: 13
  • Buckingham: 5
  • Captiva: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 3
  • Pineland: 1

Tests reported for Lee County (through Nov. 17)

  • Total tested: 185,153
  • Positive: 26,989
  • Negative: 158,164
  • Percent positive: 14.58%
  • 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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