Saturday’s Coronavirus Updates: More than 25,000 state cases reported
As of 6 p.m. Saturday, there have been 25,492 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 24,797 Florida residents and 695 non-Florida residents. There are 748 deaths reported and 3,745 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.
There have been 253,183 tests administered in Florida. A total of 25,492 tests have come back positive, and 225,862 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.
Total number of cases: 25,492 (up from 25,269)
Deaths: 748 (up from 740)
- 739 total new cases reported Saturday
- 22 total new deaths reported Saturday
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS
Total in SWFL: 1,401 (up from 1,356)
Deaths: 47 (up from 46)
- 45 total new cases reported Saturday
- 1 total new deaths reported Saturday
Lee County: 739 (up from 731) – 25 deaths
Collier County: 457 (up from 453) – 8 deaths
Charlotte County: 138 (up from 136) – 9 deaths
DeSoto County: 23 (unchanged) – 4 deaths
Glades County: 5 (unchanged) – 1 death
Hendry County: 39 (up from 36) – 0 deaths
Click HERE for a SWFL case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.
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SATURDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES
- FGCU experts look ahead at continued impacts of coronavirus
- Recovered coronavirus patients are testing positive again. Can you get reinfected?
- Fort Myers Beach town leaders coming together to discuss opening up the beaches
Gov. Ron DeSantis gives update on state’s response to COVID-19. Click here to watch LIVE on Facebook.
Employee at Lee County Publix positive for COVID-19
Publix Supermarkets confirms an employee at a location in south Fort Myers has tested positive for the coronavirus Saturday.
According to Publix, an employee at store No. 0683, 5997 S Point Blvd., Ste. 106 in south Fort Myers, has contracted COVID-19. This store location is off College Parkway near the intersection with McGregor Boulevard.
The employee will go into quarantine and be on paid leave for 14 days.
There is no further information about this individual’s case.
K-12 to continue virtual school for rest of 2019-20 school year
Gov. Ron DeSantis announced during his public address Saturday all students in Florida K-12 schools will remain in virtual school for the rest of the 2019-20 school year.
DeSantis said virtual school has been successful for students and teachers statewide during the response to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Taylor Petras (@TaylorPetras) April 18, 2020
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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