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Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 83 new deaths reported in Florida, 5 in SWFL

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 32,846 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 31,986 Florida residents and 860 non-Florida residents. There are 1,171 deaths reported and 5,222 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 368,651 tests administered in Florida. A total of 32,846 tests have come back positive, and 334,029 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 daily at approximately 11 a.m. 

STATEWIDE NUMBERS

Total number of cases: 32,846 (up from 32,138)
Deaths: 1,171 (up from 1,088)

  • 708 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 83 total new deaths reported Tuesday

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total in SWFL: 1,880 (up from 1,844)
Deaths: 78 (up from 73)

  • 36 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 5 total new deaths reported Tuesday

Lee County: 990 (up from 971) – 40 deaths (3 new deaths)
Collier County: 568 (up from 562) – 16 deaths (1 new death)
Charlotte County: 219 (up from 211) – 15 deaths (1 new death)
DeSoto County: 26 (up from 25) – 4 deaths
Glades County: 5 (down from 6) – 1 death
Hendry County: 72 (up from 68) – 2 deaths

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

*Editors note: The DOH has removed some previously reported positive cases from their report totals, causing fluctuations in case totals. The state does not track recoveries. WINK News is working to find out from DOH why these cases have been removed.


TUESDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES


UPCOMING BRIEFINGS:

  • 9:30 a.m. Lee County commission holds an emergency meeting to discuss the COVID-19 response to parks and beaches. WATCH NOW
  • 4 p.m. President Trump Delivers Remarks on Supporting Our Nation’s Small Businesses

PRESIDENT TRUMP PRESS CONFERENCE


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 27


Charlotte County to reopen fishing piers, disc golf courses

Charlotte County fishing piers and disc golf courses will open for regularly scheduled hours beginning April 30.

Restrooms at Englewood Beach and Port Charlotte Beach will open May 1.


Lee County votes to reopen beaches and dog parks Wednesday

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to reopen county beaches and dog parks starting Wednesday morning. Parking fees will be implemented and park employees will be there to guide and clean.

The county beach sites include:

Beach Parks
Bonita Beach Park
Bowditch Point Park
Bowman’s Beach Park
Causeway Islands
Crescent Beach Family Park
Little Hickory Island Beach Park
Lynn Hall Memorial Beach Park
San Carlos/Bunche Beach Preserve
Turner Beach Park

Beach Accesses
Alison Hagerup Beach Park
Andy Rosse Lane Park
Boca Grande Beach Accesses
Bonita Beach Accesses
Dog Beach Park
Estero Island Beach Accesses


Fort Myers Beach town-controlled beaches still restricted

The Lee County Commissioners voted to re-open County-controlled public beaches effective Wednesday, April 29. This impacts the beach from Crescent Beach Park including Lynn Hall Memorial Park (pier) northward and Bowditch Point Park.

However, beach and accesses controlled by the Town of Fort Myers Beach (from Crescent Beach Park south to Big Carlos Pass Bridge) remain open from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. for residents’ exercise only. Beach access parking controlled by the Town remains closed. Enforcement of parking and beach access violations will be in effect.

The Town’s parks, recreation and cultural facilities, as well as Town Hall, remain closed until at least Friday, May 1, 2020, when Town Council is scheduled to meet for further discussion on beach openings and related topics.

When the Lee County beaches open, the general public is advised to stay in and north of Crescent Beach Park.


Cape Coral reopens parks in a limited capacity

Cape Coral City Council voted to reopen city parks beginning Tuesday in a limited capacity.

Council detailed how parks will start to open to the public and called it a cautious, medical approach. These decisions are considered part of phase one of the city’s plan.

Eleven parks in the city will be opening up with restrictions, giving people a place to get out and exercise. But Cape Coral police, city staff, and park rangers will be monitoring to catch any park visitors who don’t follow CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Parks will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. under this first phase.


Fort Myers Beach reopens to residents only

Fort Myers Beach Town Council voted Monday to reopen the beach to residents of the town only – but there will be a number of restrictions.

The beach will reopen at 7 a.m. Tuesday, but beachgoers must have proof they are a Fort Myers Beach resident, and may only exercise, bike, run and walk on the public portion of the beach at or below the mean high tide – between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m.

Social distancing rules will be in effect, with groups of no more than 10 allowed and everyone must maintain 6-feet of space. MORE


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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