| Fort Myers News-Press
The Florida Department of Health reported 524 new COVID-19 cases and 13 additional deaths in Lee County Friday.
In the past week, the state has reported 36 deaths of Lee residents from COVID-19, most in a seven-day span since 45 were reported from Aug. 6-12. If this pace continues for the next 23 days, January would set a pandemic record for the most reported deaths in Lee County, surpassing July’s total of 137.
The state identified Friday’s newly reported deaths as follows:
- A 98-year-old woman whose positive case was counted by the state on May 19.
- A 67-year-old woman (Case counted Nov. 17).
- A 71-year-old woman (Case counted Nov. 21).
- An 82-year-old woman (Case counted Nov. 29).
- A 90-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Counted Dec. 6).
- An 89-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Counted Dec. 9).
- An 80-year-old man (Case counted Dec. 10).
- A 92-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted Dec. 10).
- A 63-year-old man (Case counted Dec. 18).
- A 90-year-old woman (Case counted Dec. 21).
- A 75-year-old woman (Case counted Dec. 23).
- A 63-year-old woman (Case counted Dec. 26).
- A 95-year-old woman (case counted Dec. 28).
Lee County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 708, ninth-highest among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 302 or about 43% were either residents or staff of nursing homes.
The newly added cases pushed Lee’s total to 44,395, eighth-most among Florida counties. In seven days this month, the county has added 3,731 new cases, more than the total for all of October (3,073).
Through Thursday, Lee’s moving seven-day new case average was 436, about 61% greater than the same average on Dec. 1 (270).
The seven-day average case rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases. This is recognized as a more accurate measure of the spread of coronavirus in a community. That’s because it minimizes the impact of a single day with a very high or very low number of cases.
Through Thursday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 4,017, 33% greater than the seven-day average on Dec. 1 (3,027). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 tests.
Lee’s overall positivity rate increased to 16.32% Friday, the highest since the start of the pandemic. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 10.68% through Thursday, about 1.8 percentage points greater than it was on Dec. 1 (8.9%). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases divided by tests.
According to the state Department of Health, a total of 1,922 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Friday. However, that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.
As of approximately 2 p.m. Friday, there were 162 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s three more patients than were reported at approximately the same time Thursday. The county’s hospitals also had 11.3% of their total beds available and 7.8% of their adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 19.4% (hospital beds) and 16.2% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 7,354 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Friday. That’s 19 more patients than at approximately the same time Thursday.
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: 43
- Male: 20.088
- Female: 22,644
- Unknown/No data: 339
- Black: 3,469
- White: 25,054
- Other: 4,191
- Unknown/No Data: 10,357
- Hispanic: 10,001
- Non-Hispanic: 22,304
- Unknown/No Data: 10,766
- Residents: 43,071
- Non-residents: 1,324
City, place of residence (if known)
- Fort Myers: 17,015
- Cape Coral: 10,712
- Lehigh Acres: 7,201
- Bonita Springs: 2,699
- North Fort Myers: 1,941
- Estero: 1,578
- Fort Myers Beach: 440
- Alva: 315
- Missing: 228
- Saint James City: 161
- Sanibel: 161
- Bokeelia: 124
- Matlacha: 115
- South Fort Myers: 97
- Bonita Beach: 57
- Boca Grande: 51
- FGCU: 45
- Miromar Lakes: 38
- Tice: 24
- Buckingham: 11
- Captiva: 5
- San Carlos Park: 3
- Pineland: 1
Tests reported for Lee County (through Jan. 7)
- Total tested: 272,004
- Positive: 44,395
- Negative: 227,609
- Percent positive: 16.32%
- Note: The Florida Department of Health has removed cumulative testing data from its COVID dashboard but the data can be viewed here.