COVID-19 tracker: State reports 430 new cases, two additional deaths in Lee County

In January, the county has added 6,346 new cases, an average of 453 per day….

COVID-19 tracker: State reports 430 new cases, two additional deaths in Lee County
COVID-19 tracker: State reports 430 new cases, two additional deaths in Lee County 1

The Florida Department of Health reported 430 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths in Lee County Thursday.

The state identified the newly reported deaths as follows:

  • A 73-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on Dec. 29.
  • A 64-year-old man (Case counted Dec. 30).

Lee County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 722, ninth-highest among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 305 or about 42% were either residents or staff of nursing homes. 

So far this month, the state has reported 50 deaths of Lee residents from COVID-19, more than half of the reported death toll for all of December (88). 

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The newly added cases pushed Lee’s total to 46,981, eighth-most among Florida counties. In January, the county has added 6,346 new cases, an average of 453 per day. That’s about 114 more cases per day than Lee averaged in December, when it set a monthly record with 10,522 new cases.

Through Wednesday, Lee’s moving seven-day new case average was 425, about 57% 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.

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Through Wednesday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 4,498, about 49% 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 16.6% Thursday, the highest since the start of the pandemic. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 9.56% through Tuesday, about 0.7 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 1,934 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday. However, that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 2 p.m. Thursday, there were 161 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s four fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Wednesday. The county’s hospitals also had 12.5% of their total beds available and 16.3% of their adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 19.1% (hospital beds) and 15.8% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 7,761 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. That’s 179 more patients than at approximately the same time Wednesday.

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: 21,224
  • Female: 23,953
  • Unknown/No data: 361

Race

  • Black: 3,614
  • White: 26,781
  • Other: 4,681
  • Unknown/No Data: 10,462

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 10,702
  • Non-Hispanic: 23,940
  • Unknown/No Data: 10,896

Residency

  • Residents: 45,538
  • Non-residents: 1,443

City, place of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 17,942
  • Cape Coral: 11,398
  • Lehigh Acres: 7,483
  • Bonita Springs: 2,872
  • North Fort Myers: 2,075
  • Estero: 1,676
  • Fort Myers Beach: 473
  • Alva: 333
  • Missing: 244
  • Sanibel: 176
  • Saint James City: 173
  • Bokeelia: 128
  • Matlacha: 116
  • South Fort Myers: 97
  • Bonita Beach: 57
  • Boca Grande: 54
  • FGCU: 46
  • Miromar Lakes: 39
  • Tice: 26
  • Buckingham: 11
  • Captiva: 6
  • San Carlos Park: 4
  • Pineland: 1

Tests reported for Lee County (through Jan. 13)

  • Total tested: 283,037
  • Positive: 46,981
  • Negative: 236,056
  • Percent positive: 16.6%
  • 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. 

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