COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports 72 new cases, three additional deaths

Kaitlin Greenockle
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

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Israel Suarez talks about his COVID-19 hospital experience

Israel Suarez, long a champion of the needy and downtrodden in Southwest Florida, learned what it’s like to be weak, helpless and on death’s door.

The Florida Department of Health on Saturday reported 72 new cases of COVID-19 in Lee County and three additional deaths.     

Lee’s total number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 stands at 518. The new cases increased the county’s cumulative to 23,589.  

According to the state Department of Health, 1,549 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 since it started collecting data, but that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital.   

The health department is not reporting how many people have recovered from COVID-19. 


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Here’s a demographics breakdown:  

Age  

  • Age Range: 0 to 103  
  • Median Age: 41  

Gender  

  • Male: 10,858
  • Female: 12,188
  • Unknown/No data: 180

Race  

  • Black: 2,126
  • White: 11,097
  • Other: 1,338
  • Unknown/No Data: 8,665

Ethnicity  

  • Hispanic: 5,111
  • Non-Hispanic: 8,077 
  • Unknown/No Data: 9,118

Residency  

  • Residents: 23,226
  • Non-residents: 363

City of residence (if known)  

  • Fort Myers: 9,433
  • Cape Coral: 5,349
  • Lehigh Acres: 4,102
  • Bonita Springs: 1,454
  • North Fort Myers: 850
  • Estero: 637
  • Lehigh: 234
  • Alva: 130
  • Missing: 395
  • Fort Myers Beach: 100
  • Sanibel: 62
  • Bokeelia: 60
  • Matlacha: 87
  • South Fort Myers: 92
  • F M: 60
  • Saint James City: 32
  • Bonita Beach: 48
  • Florida Gulf Coast University: 38
  • Tice: 18
  • Boca Grande: 12
  • Miromar Lakes: 5
  • Buckingham: 4  
  • Captiva: 3  
  • San Carlos Park: 3  
  • Immokalee: 1  
  • Babcock Ranch: 12
  • Brooklyn: 1 
  • Hickory: 1  
  • Pineland: 1 
  • Dallas: 1 

The state did not include data on testing in Saturday’s report.

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