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Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: 40 new deaths in Florida, 4 new in SWFL

As of 6 p.m. Friday, there have been 24,753 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 24,066 Florida residents and 687 non-Florida residents. There are 726 deaths reported and 3,649 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 240,604 tests administered in Florida. A total of 24,753 tests have come back positive, and 215,229 tests have come back negative. The remainder are still pending, according to the FDOH website.

*Numbers are released by the DOH twice daily at approximately 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

Total number of cases:24,753 (up from 24,119)
Deaths: 726 (up from 686)

  • 1,413 total new cases reported Friday
  • 58 total new deaths reported Friday

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total in SWFL: 1,356 (up from 1,333)
Deaths: 46 (up from 42)

  • 72 new cases reported Friday
  • 5 new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: 721 (up from 718) – 25 deaths
Collier County: 445 (up from 432) – 8 deaths (2 new deaths)
Charlotte County: 131 (up from 128) – 9 deaths (2 new deaths)
DeSoto County: 23 (up from 22) – 3 deaths
Glades County: 5 (unchanged) – 1 death
Hendry County: 31 (up from 28) – 0 deaths

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


RESOURCES

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

LATEST CLOSURES: Southwest Florida business updates and store closings

#GulfshoreStrong: Covering people making a difference in SWFL

FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of April 13


FRIDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES


UPCOMING BRIEFINGS:

  • 10:00 a.m.— Governor DeSantis COVID-19 briefing. WATCH HERE
  • 6 p.m. — White House Coronavirus Task Force daily briefing


Trump announces guidelines for reopening state economies

During Thursday’s briefing, the president said a handful of states that have already meet the criteria could begin the new guidelines “literally tomorrow.” States will be very “vigilant” and very “careful.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci said the plan is not a “light switch,” and changes will be gradual. The “dominating drive” of this plan was to make sure it was done in the safest way possible, he said.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told reporters that the administration “did not put a timeline on any of the phases” and was leaving it to governors and the data they have to determine the best timing for their states.


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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