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Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: Charlotte County reopening tennis, pickleball courts

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 37,439 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 36,492 Florida residents and 947non-Florida residents. There are 1,471 deaths reported and 6,330 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 467,553 tests administered in Florida. A total of 37,439 tests have come back positive, and 428,252 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: 37,439 (up from 36,897 )
Deaths: 1,471 (up from 1,399)

  • 602 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 72 total new deaths reported Tuesday

SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS

Total in SWFL: 2,246 (up from 2,204)
Deaths: 110 (up from 102)

  • 42 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 8 total new deaths reported Tuesday

Lee County: 1,160 (up from 1,138) – 49 deaths (3 new deaths)
Collier County: 656 (up from 653) – 25 deaths (3 new deaths)
Charlotte County: 269 (up from 257) – 26 deaths (1 new death)
DeSoto County: 40 (up from 39) – 4 deaths
Glades County: 6 (unchanged) – 1 death
Hendry County: 115 (up from 111) – 5 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.


TUESDAY COVID-19 HEADLINES


UPCOMING BRIEFINGS:

  • Gov. DeSantis speaks from a Sarasota County COVID-19 testing site – WATCH replay
  • Pres. Trump Delivers Remarks at Honeywell International Inc. Mask Production Facility


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 May 4


Charlotte County reopens tennis, pickleball courts

Charlotte County tennis and pickleball courts will open for regularly scheduled hours beginning May 8. Basketball and other sports courts remain closed.

Restrooms at county parks are now open, except restrooms at the following facilities, which are under construction:

Ann and Chuck Dever Regional Park football field
Harbor Heights Park
Maracaibo Kidspace Park
Centennial Park baseball field
Centennial Park soccer field
Rotonda Community Park
South County Regional Park baseball field
South County Regional Park softball field

All parks remain open for non-organized activities (no league practices or games, private functions, group activities).

Recreation centers, libraries, pools, splash pads, playgrounds, picnic tables and pavilions remain closed.


Charlotte County restaurants can expand outdoor dining

The Charlotte County Commission passed an ordinance Tuesday to allow restaurants temporarily to expand outdoor dining in parking lots and adjacent or communal property. The order took effect immediately and expires June 4 unless extended.

Restaurants must comply with all social distancing, party size, and occupancy requirements under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order 20-112. They also must comply with relevant Department of Health and county fire regulations and the Florida Building Code. Outdoor dining areas in parking lots must be separated by physical barriers and kept clear of litter.

Restaurants must register with the Community Development Department before beginning operations permitted under the ordinance by emailing the restaurant name, location, contact information and a description of the outdoor seating arrangements to [email protected].

Lee County has enacted a similar ordinance.


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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