Monday’s Coronavirus Updates: SWFL passes 2,200 positive cases with 2 new deaths reported
As of 11 a.m. Monday, there have been 36,897 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 35,969 Florida residents and 928 non-Florida residents. There are 1,399 deaths reported and 6,119 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.
There have been 444,270 tests administered in Florida. A total of 36,897 tests have come back positive, and 407,373 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.
Total number of cases: 36,897 (up from 36,078)
Deaths: 1,399 (up from 1,379)
- 819 total new cases reported Monday
- 20 total new deaths reported Monday
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS
Total in SWFL: 2,204 (up from 2,146)
Deaths: 102 (up from 100)
- 58 total new cases reported Monday
- 2 total new deaths reported Monday
Lee County: 1,138 (up from 1,118) – 46 deaths (1 new death)
Collier County: 653 (up from 640) – 22 deaths (1 new death)
Charlotte County: 257 (up from 249) – 25 deaths
DeSoto County: 39 (up from 32) – 4 deaths
Glades County: 6 (unchanged) – 1 death
Hendry County: 111 (up from 101) – 4 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.
MONDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES
- Restaurants open their doors for service for the first time in 45 days
- Tuesday is stimulus check deadline for non-filers who receive VA benefits or claim dependents
- CenturyLink testing site opens; no appointment or doctor’s note needed to receive test
6 p.m.: Gov. DeSantis briefing in Tallahassee – WATCH replay
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Diocese of Venice allows churches to open during the day
The Diocese of Venice said Monday it’s allowing its churches to open for several hours during the day to allow parishioners to enter for private prayer and visitation. No liturgical events or gatherings will yet be held in the churches and, for now, masses will continue livestreaming. All parishioners must wear a mask and practice social distancing when in the church. Also, parishioners should bring their own protection such as masks, hand sanitizer, etc.
FSW announces virtual graduation ceremonies for collegiate HS
Florida SouthWestern State College’s collegiate high schools in Lee and Charlotte (FSWC-Lee and FSWC-Charlotte) counties will hold virtual commencement ceremonies to honor their Class of 2020 graduates.
FSWC-Lee will hold its virtual commencement ceremony at 5:15 p.m. May 9.
FSWC-Charlotte will hold its virtual ceremony at 6 p.m. May 15.
Both ceremonies will be livestreamed on FSW’s website at http://www.fsw.edu/livestream and video links will be available to view each ceremony following the livestream.
SFWMD reopens its managed lands
The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) announced it will reopen the remainder of closed district-managed lands beginning Monday at noon. Visitors must practice social distancing, including limiting group sizes to 10 or less and staying six feet apart from other visitors.
District lands are only open for active recreation such as hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, wildlife viewing, photography, kayaking and boating, based on site rules. Passive recreational activities, such as camping, picnicking and gatherings of more than 10 people, are not allowed at this time. For more information about recreational opportunities and a full list of the status of District lands, continue to visit SFWMD.gov/recreation.
Restaurants begin opening for business again
For the first time in 45 days, you can go out to breakfast and be waited on at a table.
Businesses told WINK News that even though they can only operate at 25 percent, it’s better than nothing.
“We’re probably going to try to be ready to go by 10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. for lunch,” said Shannon Yates, owner of Nevermind Awesome Bar and Eatery in Cape Coral.
Outdoor seating is a huge boost in business for restaurants like nevermind and Duval Street Grill in Cape Coral.
But the big requirement for all businesses across the state: tables must be six feet apart.
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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