COVID-19 tracker: State reports 151 new cases, six additional deaths in Lee County

Lee County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 864, ninth-highest among Florida…

COVID-19 tracker: State reports 151 new cases, six additional deaths in Lee County 1
COVID-19 tracker: State reports 151 new cases, six additional deaths in Lee County 2

Dan DeLuca
 
| Fort Myers News-Press

The Florida Department of Health reported 151 new COVID-19 cases and six additional deaths in Lee County Friday.

The state listed the newly reported deaths as follows:

  • An 80-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on Jan. 12.
  • A 65-year-old woman (Case counted Jan. 21).
  • A 66-year-old man(Case counted Jan. 23).
  • A 73-year-old woman Case counted Jan. 29).
  • An 83-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Counted Feb. 2).
  • A 69-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted Feb. 5).

Lee County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 864, five more than Thursday total. The state health department removed one death previously assigned to Lee County. The DOH advises that the data in its COVID-19 reports are provisional and subject to change. In some cases, deaths are reassigned to the correct Florida county or state of residence.

Lee’s 864 deaths are ninth-most among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 328 or about 38% were either residents or staff of nursing homes.

So far in February, the state has reported 70 additional deaths of Lee County residents. 

The newly reported cases increased Lee’s cumulative total to 56,277, eighth-most among Florida counties. In January, the county set a monthly record with 12,018 cases.

Contact us: COVID-19’s toll on Southwest Florida: Help us share the story of your loved one

More: Analysis: Reported COVID-19 cases for Lee County residents set pandemic high in January

Through Thursday, Lee’s moving seven-day new case average was 150, about 63% fewer than the same average on Jan. 15 (409) and the lowest since Nov. 9 (148).  

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.

More: COVID-19 vaccine tracker: See how many people in Florida have been vaccinated, by county, state

More: Collier, Lee counties see fewest COVID-related hospitalizations in months

More: Which Walmart, Sam’s Clubs in Lee County are offering COVID-19 vaccines? Here’s a list

More: Have questions about COVID-19 vaccine in Lee, Collier? Here’s what we know

Through Thursday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 3,110, about 30% 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 4.87% through Thursday, about 4.5 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 2,041 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 69 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s three fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Thursday. The county’s hospitals also had 11.4% of their total beds available and 12.8% of their adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 19.7% (hospital beds) and 17.5% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 4,307 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Friday. That’s 61 fewer 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

  • Age Range: 0 to 103
  • Median Age: 43

Gender

  • Male: 25,399
  • Female: 28,653
  • Unknown/No data: 377

Race

  • Black: 4,112
  • White: 33,228
  • Other: 6,502
  • Unknown/No Data: 10,587

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 12,984
  • Non-Hispanic: 30,192
  • Unknown/No Data: 11,253

Residency

  • Residents: 54,429
  • Non-residents: 1,848

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: 21,590
  • Cape Coral: 13,720
  • Lehigh Acres: 8,806
  • Bonita Springs: 3,488
  • North Fort Myers: 2,538
  • Estero: 2,048
  • Fort Myers Beach: 617
  • Alva: 386
  • Sanibel: 226
  • Saint James City: 191
  • Bokeelia: 148
  • Matlacha: 117
  • South Fort Myers: 97
  • Missing: 88
  • FGCU: 87
  • Boca Grande: 63
  • Bonita Beach: 58
  • Miromar Lakes: 47
  • Tice: 32
  • Babcock Ranch: 19
  • Buckingham: 13
  • Captiva: 9
  • San Carlos Park: 5
  • Pineland: 3

Tests reported for Lee County (through Feb. 18)

  • Total tested: 336,500
  • Positive: 56,277
  • Negative: 280,223
  • Percent positive: 16.72%
  • Note: The Florida Department of Health has removed cumulative testing data from its COVID dashboard but the data can be viewed here.

View yesterday’s report. 

COVID-19 tracker: State reports 151 new cases, six additional deaths in Lee County 3

error

Enjoy our news? Please spread the word :)