Lee County COVID update: State reports 230 new cases, two additional deaths

Lee County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 915, 10th-highest among Florida…

Lee County COVID update: State reports 230 new cases, two additional deaths 1
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The Florida Department of Health reported 230 new COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths in Lee County Wednesday.

Here’s a look at some key COVID-19 statistics in Lee County.

Cases

Wednesday’s new cases increased Lee’s total to 62,713, eighth-highest among Florida counties. 

The moving seven-day new case average in Lee County was 181 through Tuesday, about 8% greater than on Feb. 15 (167).

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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Deaths 

The state listed the newly reported deaths as follows:

  • A 77-year-old woman whose positive case was counted by the state on March 15.
  • A 63-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted March 23).

Lee County’s total COVID-19 deaths increased to 915, 10th-most in Florida. Of those deaths, 340 or about 37% were either residents or staff of nursing homes.

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Testing

The seven-day average for tests was 2,728 through Tuesday, about 18% fewer than on Feb. 15 (3,322). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 tests.

Positivity rate

The seven-day average positivity rate was 6.81% through Tuesday, about 1.7 percentage points greater than the same average on Feb. 15 (5.1%). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases divided by tests. 

Hospitalizations

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 2,138 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Wednesday. That number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 2 p.m. Wednesday, there were 67 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s one more patient than at approximately the same time Tuesday.

Lee’s hospitals also had 8.6% of their total beds available and 8.2% of their adult ICU beds available. Florida’s available percentages were 20.8% (hospital beds) and 21.7% (ICU beds). The AHCA also reported a total of 2,944 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Wednesday. That’s 17 more patients than the same time Tuesday.

The Florida Department of Health is not reporting how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

Other numbers include the following demographics breakdown for Lee County:

Age

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

Gender

  • Male: 28,315
  • Female: 31,859
  • Unknown/No data: 417

Race

  • Black: 4,564
  • White: 37,617
  • Other: 7,756
  • Unknown/No Data: 10,654

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 14,758
  • Non-Hispanic: 34,384
  • Unknown/No Data: 11,449

Residency

  • Residents: 60,591
  • Non-residents: 2,122

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: 23,703
  • Cape Coral: 15,361
  • Lehigh Acres: 10,010
  • Bonita Springs: 3,872
  • North Fort Myers: 2,843
  • Estero: 2,274
  • Fort Myers Beach: 689
  • Alva: 454
  • Sanibel: 243
  • Saint James City: 222
  • Bokeelia: 159
  • Missing: 138
  • Matlacha: 121
  • South Fort Myers: 98
  • FGCU: 95
  • Boca Grande: 73
  • Bonita Beach: 59
  • Miromar Lakes: 54
  • Tice: 36
  • Babcock Ranch: 19
  • Buckingham: 16
  • Captiva: 11
  • San Carlos Park: 5
  • Pineland: 3

Tests reported for Lee (through March 30)

  • Total tested: 374,460
  • Positive: 62,713
  • Negative: 311,747
  • Percent positive: 16.75%
  • 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. 

Connect with Dan DeLuca: @News-PressDan (Twitter), ddeluca@gannett.com.


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