Saturday’s Coronavirus Updates: Florida reported cases surpass 40,000
As of 11 a.m. Saturday, there have been 40,001 positive cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 38,926 Florida residents and 1,075 non-Florida residents. There are 1,715 deaths reported and 7,093 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.
There have been 528,413 tests administered in Florida. A total of 40,001 tests have come back positive, and 487,730 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: 40,001 (up from 39,199)
Deaths: 1,715 (up from 1,669)
- 802 total new cases reported Saturday
- 46 total new deaths reported Saturday
SOUTHWEST FLORIDA NUMBERS
Total in SWFL: 2,490 (up from 2,424)
Deaths: 136 (up from 131)
- 66 total new cases reported Saturday
- 5 total new deaths reported Saturday
Lee County: 1,249 (up from 1,219) – 65 deaths (3 new deaths)
Collier County: 734 (up from 712) – 27 deaths
Charlotte County: 317 (up from 312) – 33 deaths (2 new deaths)
DeSoto County: 47 (up from 42) – 5 deaths
Glades County: 7 (up from 6) – 1 death
Hendry County: 136 (up from 133) – 5 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.
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Naples plans beaches shutdown at 12:01 a.m. Sunday
City of Naples plans to close its public beaches at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. City leaders say the beach was overrun with beachgoers to start the weekend, so the move is a continued effort to stop possible spread of the coronavirus.
Per the city, that means all beach accesses, beach restroom facilities, parking areas, the Naples Pier, Lowdermilk Park and walkways will be closed just after midnight Sunday.
The city also plans to hold an emergency meeting at 1 p.m. Monday to determine a plan for beaches moving forward for beach access, boat launches and the emergency beach closure order.
Gov. DeSantis releases official guidelines for reopening salons
Effective May 11, 2020, the following restrictions are mandatory for barbershops,
cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons:
- All customers will be by appointment only.
- Allow at least 15 minutes between the conclusion of an appointment and the beginning of the next appointment for proper disinfecting practices.
- No group appointments are permitted.
- Masks must be worn by all employees while performing personal services.
Barbershops, cosmetology salons, and cosmetology specialty salons are encouraged to
adhere to the following guidance:
- Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces,
tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of
cleaning should continue between each day of operation.
- Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment.
- Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service
menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service
Lee County testing facility could close for bad weather
The COVID-19 test site at CenturyLink Sports Complex is still up and running smoothly. This test site is for COVID-19 virus; it is not a testing site for antibodies.
Lee County is expecting thunderstorms Sunday. This is an outside testing facility, and the weather determines if the testing site can remain operational. Lightning, heavy rain or gusty wind can slow down operations or completely shut down the site.
The testing site will remain open, weather pending, 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until gates close at 3 p.m. until further notice. The goal is to fill the needs of the community. For additional updates, click here.
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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