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Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: Lee County passes 1,000 cases

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 33,193 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 32,318 Florida residents and 875 non-Florida residents. There are 1,218 deaths reported and 5,419 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 375,300 tests administered in Florida. A total of 33,193 tests have come back positive, and 340,295 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: 33,193 (up from 32,846)
Deaths: 1,218 (up from 1,171)

  • 347 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 47 total new deaths reported Wednesday

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total in SWFL: 1,921 (up from 1,880)
Deaths: 84 (up from 78)

  • 41 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 6 total new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 1,003 (up from 990) – 41 deaths (1 new death)
Collier County: 581 (up from 568) – 17 deaths (1 new death)
Charlotte County: 223 (up from 219) – 18 deaths (3 new deaths)
DeSoto County: 28 (up from 26) – 4 deaths
Glades County: 6 (up from 5) – 1 death
Hendry County: 80 (up from 72) – 3 deaths (1 new death)

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.


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Lee County votes to reopen beaches and dog parks Wednesday

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted 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


Florida’s ‘phase one’ reopening plan to be released Wednesday

President Donald Trump met with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the Oval Office as states begin to lay out their plans for reopening.

Gov. DeSantis says his big announcement is coming Wednesday.

“I’ve worked with the White House on going to phase one. I’m going to make an announcement tomorrow but I think for Florida, going from where we are now to phase one is not a very big leap,” said DeSantis.

Florida, with a high population of older Americans vulnerable to the disease, has long been a source of concern but the Trump ally promoted his state’s ability to test its citizens and rebuffed criticism about his response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked why he closed his state later than others did, DeSantis insisted Florida has fared better than states that put in place what he called “draconian orders.”


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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