Coronavirus updates

Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: SWFL cases top 1,000, 3 new deaths

As of 6 p.m. Friday, there have been 17,968 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 17,448 Florida residents and 520 non-Florida residents. There are 419 deaths reported and 2,496 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 165,686 tests administered in Florida. A total of 17,968 tests have come back positive and 147,461 tests have come back negative. The remainder is still pending, according to the FDOH website.

There are three new deaths that have been reported in Southwest Florida—two in Lee County and one in Charlotte County.


Total number of cases: 17,968 (up from 17,531)
Deaths: 419 (up from 390)

  • 1,142 total cases reported Friday
  • 48 total deaths reported Friday


Total in SWFL: 1,042 (up from 988)
Deaths: 28 (up from 25)

  • 99 new cases reported Friday
  • 3 new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: 572 (up from 522)
Collier County: 327 (up from 318)
Charlotte County: 104 (up from 85)
DeSoto County: 20 (unchanged)
Glades County: 4 (unchanged)
Hendry County: 15 (up from 14)

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


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  • 12 p.m. – Gov. DeSantis holds a briefing in Jacksonville regarding the latest updates on COVID-19.
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Infant in Lee County tests positive for COVID-19

According to Florida Division of Emergency Management, an infant in Lee County tested positive for the coroanvirus Friday. This is the third baby to be confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 in Southwest Florida.

There is no confirmed information about travel or contact for this patient currently.

Lee County extends prohibition of short-term rentals

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais has signed an order extending the prohibition on short-term vacation rental properties that was part of Gov. DeSantis’ March, 27 Executive Order.

That statewide order was set to expire and has not been extended by a subsequent order, but Lee County made the decision to go ahead with the extension.

The prohibition was originally set to end Friday, April 10 and has now been extended through the end of the month. Desjarlais also said that it could be extended again. Under the Order, vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings.

“Lee County has not yet peaked in the number of anticipated COVID-19 cases,” Desjarlais said. “This county order is consistent with the Board’s policies and steps taken to limit the risk of exposure to the coronavirus.”

Click here to read the Order in its entirety.

Publix confirms SWFL employees test positive for virus

Employees at four separate Publix locations in Lee County and Charlotte County are confirmed to have tested positive for the coronavirus Friday, according to a Publix Super Markets spokesperson

There are more than four employees who have tested positive between all locations, but the exact number is not confirmed currently.

There are no further details about patients currently, and we are working to gather new details.

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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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