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Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: More than 10,000 cases in FL, over 500 in SWFL

As of 6 p.m. Friday, there have been 10,268 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 9,925 Florida residents and 343 non-Florida residents. There are 170 deaths reported and 1,334 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

One of the deaths reported Friday morning was confirmed as an 85-year-old female resident of Springwood, a senior living facility in Lee County.

A 100-year-old man in Lee County has tested positive for coronavirus and is currently the oldest COVID-19 patient in Southwest Florida Friday.

There have been 95,835 tests administered in Florida. A total of 10,268 tests have come back positive and 84,144 tests have come back negative. The remainder are still pending, according to the FDOH website.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

Total number of cases: 10,268 (up from 9,585)
Deaths: 170 (up from 163)

Friday’s numbers

  • 1,260 new cases reported in Florida
  • 25 new deaths reported in Florida

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total in SWFL: 567 (up from 535)
Deaths: 16 (unchanged)

Lee County: 304 (up from 289)
Collier County: 203 (up from 189)
Charlotte County: 43 (up from 42)
DeSoto County: 9 (up from 8)
Glades County: 3 (no change)
Hendry County: 5 (up from 4)

Click HERE for a SWFL case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

NOW HIRING: SWFL companies adding jobs as business picks up amid coronavirus crisis

LATEST CLOSURES: Southwest Florida business updates and store closings


FRIDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES


WATCH FRIDAY’S NEWS CONFERENCES

  • White House Coronavirus Task Force Daily briefing


CDC to recommend Americans cover faces when outside

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House said Friday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will recommend Americans cover their faces with non-medical masks when in public. President Donald Trump said wearing the masks is “voluntary.”

The new guidelines encourage people to use more rudimentary coverings like T-shirts, bandannas and scarves.


Lee County senior living resident dies

One of the deaths reported Friday morning has been confirmed as an 85-year-old female resident of Springwood, a senior living facility in Lee County.

The company that owns the facility released the following statement on the death:

The safety, health and well-being of our residents, clients and team members remains our highest priority, and the Five Star COVID-19 task force continues monitoring developments and further enhancing our policies and procedures in this evolving global health crisis. Consistent with recommendations of and directives by federal, state and local regulatory agencies, last month all of our communities and clinics implemented appropriate infection and disease prevention protocols along with a number of other precautionary measures specifically tailored to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

We have strict guidelines in place prohibiting all non-essential visitors from entering Five Star communities. Prior to entering, team members and essential visitors are screened for signs of a fever or other indications of illness, and everyone is required to thoroughly wash or sanitize their hands. We continue to closely monitor all residents and team members for signs and symptoms and immediately follow recommended protocols to isolate or send home someone exhibiting specific COVID-19 symptoms. Additionally, we have temporarily closed all dining areas and postponed all non-medical resident outings and other social events. We strongly encourage independent living residents to refrain from leaving the community. Any resident leaving and returning to the community will be screened and may be asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

At Five Star, we continue to closely follow the recommendations provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as federal, state and local regulatory agencies, and will continue taking proactive measures to ensure the safety and health of residents, clients and team members in our communities and clinics. Our team members are experienced, well prepared and specifically trained for infection prevention and control practices. We will continue to be vigilant and proactive in navigating this challenging situation.


IF YOU FEEL SICK:

The Florida Department of Health has opened a 24-hour COVID-19 Call Center at 1-866-779-6121. Questions may also be emailed to [email protected] Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINK: Florida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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