Coronavirus updates

Saturday’s Coronavirus Updates: US tops 20,000 deaths, over 1,100 cases in SWFL

As of 6 p.m. Saturday, there have been 18,986 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 18,445 Florida residents and 541 non-Florida residents. There are 446 deaths reported and 2,607 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 175,834 tests administered in Florida. A total of 18,986 tests have come back positive, and 156,532 tests have come back negative. The remainder are still pending, according to the FDOH website.

The one reported death in SWFL was an 81-year-old Collier County man who tested positive for the virus and had traveled to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It is unknown if he had contact with anyone positive for the virus.

According to data available on the FDOH dashboard, the United States has reached more than 20,000 patient deaths nationwide due to the coronavirus Saturday.


Total number of cases: 18,986 (up from 18,494)
Deaths: 446 (up from 438)

  • 1,018 total cases reported Saturday
  • 27 total deaths reported Saturday


Total in SWFL: 1,102 (up from 1,075)
Deaths: 29 (unchanged)

  • 27 new cases reported Saturday
  • 1 new death reported Saturday

Lee County: 598 (up from 584)
Collier County: 352 (up from 344)
Charlotte County: 112 (up from 107)
DeSoto County: 20 (unchanged)
Glades County: 4 (unchanged)
Hendry County: 16 (unchanged)

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


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Another SWFL Publix worker positive for COVID-19

According to Publix Super Markets, another employee of a Southwest Florida Publix has tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday.

Publix confirms an employee at store no. 1331, 16950 San Carlos Blvd. in south Fort Myers, has tested positive for COVID-19. This store is near the corner with Summerlin Road.

MORE: SWFL Publix workers positive for coronavirus a reminder to remain vigilant

Governor sends 32,000 laptops to rural school districts, including SWFL

Gov. Ron DeSantis confirmed Saturday he and the state will send out more than 32,00 laptops to rural school districts in Florida, which includes DeSoto, Glades and Hendry counties.

In the governor’s tweet, he thanks students, educators, parents and school staff for their hard work.

New data reminder to protect vulnerable groups to COVID-19

According to CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, eight out of 10 deaths associated with the coronavirus occurred in older adults.

In a tweet by Florida Department of Health, it continued to encourage vigilance on the part of all community members to work toward protecting others, especially those groups most at risk to COVID-19.

For more information, see the report by CDC MMWR.

US has more COVID-19 deaths than any other nation

The United States is now reporting more coronavirus deaths than any other nation, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The death toll stands at 18,860, which is higher than the death toll in Italy.

Globally, more than 104,000 people have died and over 1.7 million COVID-19 cases have been reported.

For millions across the globe, this Easter weekend is unlike any other in recent memory. Christians marked Good Friday in isolation.

There are encouraging signs, though, that two hard-hit states are starting to turn a corner in their virus fight. The number of people being hospitalized with COVID-19 in New York and California is falling.

-CBS News


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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