| Fort Myers News-Press
The Florida Department of Health reported 150 new COVID-19 cases and five additional deaths in Lee County Tuesday.
The state listed the newly reported deaths as follows:
- A 77-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on Dec. 3.
- An 85-year-old man (Case counted Jan. 3).
- An 86-year-old man (Case counted Jan. 16).
- A 79-year-old man (Case counted Jan. 20).
- A 67-year-old woman (Case counted Jan. 23).
Lee County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 870, ninth-most among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 332 or about 38% were either residents or staff of nursing homes.
So far in February, the state has reported 76 additional deaths of Lee County residents.
The newly reported cases increased Lee’s cumulative total to 56,937, eighth-most among Florida counties. In January, the county set a monthly record with 12,018 cases. So far in February, Lee has recorded 4,284 new cases.
Through Monday, Lee’s moving seven-day new case average was 153, about 63% fewer than the same average on Jan. 15 (409).
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 Monday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 2,989, about 32% fewer than the seven-day average on Jan. 15 (4,421). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 tests.
Lee County’s seven-day average positivity rate was 5.27% through Monday, about 4.1 percentage points fewer than the same average on Jan. 15 (9.4%). 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 2,049 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Tuesday. However, that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.
As of approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday, there were 61 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 Monday. The county’s hospitals also had 13.6% of their total beds available and 14.9% of their adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 20.7% (hospital beds) and 19.9% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 4,198 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Tuesday. That’s 23 more patients than 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 Range: 0 to 103
- Median Age: 44
- Male: 25,685
- Female: 28,984
- Unknown/No data: 373
- Black: 4,153
- White: 33,681
- Other: 6,627
- Unknown/No Data: 10,581
- Hispanic: 13,136
- Non-Hispanic: 30,648
- Unknown/No Data: 11,258
- Residents: 55,042
- Non-residents: 1,895
City, place of residence (if known)
The cities of residence listed below are based on the patient’s ZIP Code. Note that city is not always received as part of the initial notification and may be missing while the case is being investigated.
- Fort Myers: 21,804
- Cape Coral: 13,914
- Lehigh Acres: 8,888
- Bonita Springs: 3,529
- North Fort Myers: 2,569
- Estero: 2,075
- Fort Myers Beach: 623
- Alva: 396
- Sanibel: 227
- Saint James City: 191
- Bokeelia: 149
- Matlacha: 117
- Missing: 100
- South Fort Myers: 97
- FGCU: 87
- Boca Grande: 63
- Bonita Beach: 59
- Miromar Lakes: 47
- Tice: 32
- Babcock Ranch: 19
- Buckingham: 13
- Captiva: 10
- San Carlos Park: 5
- Pineland: 3
Tests reported for Lee County (through Feb. 22)
- Total tested: 341,112
- Positive: 56,937
- Negative: 284,175
- Percent positive: 16.69%
- Note: The Florida Department of Health has removed cumulative testing data from its COVID dashboard but the data can be viewed here.