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
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS
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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SATURDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES
- Experts predict how coronavirus will look within the next week
- U.S. Postal Service warns it could run out of money by October
- 10 a.m. – Gov. DeSantis holds news conference on COVID-19 WATCH HERE
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.
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.
.@EducationFL is providing more than 32,000 laptops to rural school districts to eliminate barriers to a great education. Thanks to our dedicated students, educators, parents and staff, Florida continues to lead the way in distance learning. https://t.co/GLr2whktTE pic.twitter.com/lVvil3Cces
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 11, 2020
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.
According to @CDCMMWR: 8 out of 10 deaths associated with #COVID19 occurred in older adults. Everyone has a role to play in practicing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are at greatest risk. Read more: https://t.co/53GVygcpT8.
— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) April 11, 2020
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.
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.
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