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Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 12 new cases in SWFL, 1 new death in Collier County

As of 6 p.m. Tuesday, there have been 27,869 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 27,127 Florida residents and 742 non-Florida residents. There are 867 deaths reported and 4,226 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

One new death reported in SWFL was a 74-year-old Lee County man who did not travel and had no known contact with any positive cases.

There have been 282,942 tests administered in Florida. A total of 27,869 tests have come back positive, and 254,471 tests have come back negative. The remainder are still pending, according to the FDOH website.

The state has also released a list of long-term care facilities where cases have been reported.

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

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

Total number of cases: 27,869 (up from 27,495)
Deaths: 867 (up from 839)

  • 811 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 44 total new deaths reported Tuesday

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total in SWFL: 1,490 (up from 1,478)
Deaths: 56 (up from 55)

  • 23 total new cases reported Monday
  • 2 total new deaths reported Monday

Lee County: 795 (up from 789) – 29 deaths
Collier County: 477 (up from 473) – 10 deaths (1 new death)
Charlotte County: 143 (unchanged) – 11 deaths
DeSoto County: 24 (unchanged) – 4 deaths
Glades County: 5 (unchanged) – 1 death
Hendry County: 46 (up from 44) – 1 death

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 20


TUESDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES


UPCOMING BRIEFINGS:

  • 4:30 p.m. – Gov. DeSantis briefing – WATCH replay
  • 5 p.m. – White House Coronavirus Task Force Briefing


Fort Myers to reopen some park trails

The City of Fort Myers will reopen some trails Wednesday.

Reopening are North Colonial Linear Trail, John Yarbrough Linear Park Trail and Billy Creek Preserve at Filter Marsh.

The city said those using the trails must follow CDC guidelines on social distancing.

Parking lots will remain closed, as will many other city facilities, including city parks, pavilions, playgrounds, pools, recreation centers and sports fields.

City leaders are working with the county and state health officials in a phased approach to reopen sites.


Charlotte County to reopen beaches, some parks

Charlotte County said Tuesday it will reopen beaches and some parks.
Englewood Beach and Port Charlotte beaches will reopen Monday without restrictions. No restrooms will be open and parking will be free.
The county said beachgoers and park visitors should adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines, and they will make sure the reopening takes place in an orderly and safe manner.
The county will reopen sports fields and dog parks on Friday. Pickleball, tennis and basketball courts will stay closed, as will recreation centers. Softball, baseball, football and soccer fields will open.

Port Authority to close RSW’s Concourse C to consolidate resources

The Lee County Port Authority will be temporarily closing Concourse C at Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) on Thursday, April 23, in an effort to consolidate airport resources.

This will impact anyone flying with Delta Airlines or United Airlines. Delta passengers will go to Concourse D and United passengers will go to Concourse B for security screening and flights.

Ticketing and check-in for Delta and United passengers will remain the same and flight arrivals scheduled to come into Concourse C will be moved to B or D.


Lee County to discuss reopening parks and open spaces

A meeting between leaders in Lee County will discuss loosening restrictions to allow parks and other open spaces to reopen.

Commissioner Hamman says if this were to happen, they would follow what Collier and Charlotte County are already doing.

The parks will be open and park rangers will be out patrolling— but bathrooms, playgrounds, and visitor centers will remain closed.


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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Writer:Lincoln Saunders
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