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Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: More than 1,000 new cases reported in Florida, 79 in SWFL

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there have been 34,728 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 33,829 Florida residents and 899 non-Florida residents. There are 1,314 deaths reported and 5,767 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 404,467 tests administered in Florida. A total of 34,728 tests have come back positive, and 367,971 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: 34,728 (up from 33,690)
Deaths: 1,314 (up from 1,268)

  • 1,038 total new cases reported Friday
  • 46 total new deaths reported Friday

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total in SWFL: 2,050 (up from 1,971)
Deaths: 93 (up from 89)

  • 79 total new cases reported Friday
  • 5 total new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: 1,067 (up from 1,021) – 42 deaths (-1 death)
Collier County: 610 (up from 596) – 21 deaths (2 new deaths)
Charlotte County: 245 (up from 236) – 22 deaths (3 news death)
DeSoto County: 30 (up from 29) – 4 deaths
Glades County: 6 (unchanged) – 1 death
Hendry County: 92 (up from 83) – 3 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.


FRIDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES


UPCOMING BRIEFINGS:

  • 11 p.m. —Governor Ron DeSantis  briefing regarding COVID-19
  • 2 p.m. — Governor Ron DeSantis briefing regarding COVID-19
  • 2 p.m. —Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Holds a Briefing


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


Lee Health begins elective surgeries in limited capacity Monday

Lee Health CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said the health system’s hospitals will begin to perform elective surgeries again on a limited basis beginning Monday.

“We are taking a very cautious approach, as we slowly return to normal operations,” Antonucci said during a scheduled media call Friday. “And, for the first few weeks, we will limit surgeries to 20-25 percent of normal volume, as we monitor their impact on the health system. This is necessary to ensure that we continue to have the appropriate amount of personal protective equipment to keep patients and employees safe and to maintain adequate bed capacity to care for our entire community.”


Two new testing sites to open in Lee County

Lee County says testing is crucial in moving forward and monitoring the county as they continue to open up. They announced Friday they will be opening two new testing sites.

The new testing site will be a drive-through site at CenturyLink Stadium and you don’t need to be exhibiting any symptoms or even have a doctor’s note.

That testing site opens up this Monday, May 4, and will run from 9 to 5 p.m. Commissioner Hamman says so far, 91%  of tests done in Lee County have come back negative, which is a positive sign moving forward.

The site can handle up to 400 tests a day and there will be no charge for it. Florida representative for Southwest Florida, Dane Eagle, says this testing site will remain open for the indefinite future.

In addition, another site will open at the Walmart on Lee Blvd. in Lehigh Acres. However, this site will require you to have symptoms and a doctor’s note in order to be tested.


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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