COVID-19 in Lee County: State reports nine new coronavirus deaths, 279 more cases

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional nine COVID-19 related deaths and 279 additional cases for Lee County Friday.

The state released the following details on the nine Lee resident deaths:

  • A 60-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on June 28.
  • A 92-year-old man (Counted July 5).
  • A 59-year-old man (Counted July 7).
  • A 63-year-old man (Counted July 8).
  • An 89-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Counted July 19).
  • A 98-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted July 20).
  • A 90-year-old woman (Counted July 21).
  • A 79-year-old woman (Counted July 21).
  • An 86-year-old woman (Counted July 24).

Lee County’s total number of deaths associated with COVID-19 is now 295 with 137 of those deaths (46.4%) reported in July.

The 279 COVID-19 cases reported Friday for Lee was the highest since July 23. However, Lee’s seven-day average decreased slightly to 195.86.

Lee’s overall positivity rate increased slightly to 14.28% Friday. However, the seven-day average percentage of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Lee County slipped to 9.4%, the sixth decline in the past seven days.

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 969 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Friday, but that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 11 a.m. Friday, there were 164 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 Thursday.  The county also had 16.8% of its total hospital beds available and 18.4% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 22.4% (hospital beds) and 16.5% (ICU beds), respectively.

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

Other numbers include the following demographics breakdown:

Age

  • Age Range: 0 to 101
  • Median Age: 41

Gender

  • Male: 7,047
  • Female: 7,853
  • Unknown/No data: 237

Race

  • Black: 1,412
  • White: 6,188
  • Other: 625
  • Unknown/No Data: 6,912

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 3,376
  • Non-Hispanic: 4,563
  • Unknown/No Data: 7,198

Residency

  • Residents: 15,137
  • Non-residents: 279

City of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 6,265
  • Cape Coral: 3,493
  • Lehigh Acres: 3,054
  • Bonita Springs: 1,013
  • North Fort Myers: 548
  • Estero: 332
  • Missing: 159
  • Alva: 90
  • Fort Myers Beach: 62
  • Sanibel: 36
  • Bokeelia: 28
  • Saint James City: 20
  • Tice: 13
  • Matlacha: 9
  • Boca Grande: 3
  • Buckingham: 3
  • Captiva: 3
  • Miromar Lakes: 3
  • San Carlos Park: 2
  • South Fort Myers: 1

Tests reported in Lee (through July 30)

  • Total tested: 107,954
  • Positive: 15,416
  • Negative: 92,491
  • Awaiting testing: 22
  • Inconclusive: 47
  • Percent positive: 14.28%

View yesterday’s report. View yesterday’s line list of cases and deaths.

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