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St. John’s Well Child & Family Center workers prepare to test a woman for COVID-19 at a free mobile test clinic set up outside Walker Temple AME Church in South Los Angeles amid the coronavirus pandemic on July 15, 2020 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: SWFL death toll reaches 1,000

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 790,426 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 780,220 Florida residents and 10,206 non-Florida residents. There are 16,571 Florida resident deaths reported, 204 non-resident deaths, and 48,722 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

*Numbers are released by the DOH daily at approximately 11 a.m. but are occasionally delayed.


Total number of recorded cases: 790,426 (up from 786,311)
Florida resident deaths: 16,571 (up from 16,505)
Non-resident deaths: 204 (unchanged)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 16,775 (up from 16,709)

  • 4,115 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 66 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 0 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in FL residents: 5.44%
    • This percent is the number of people who test PCR- or antigen-positive for the first time divided by all the people tested that day, excluding people who have previously tested positive. 


Total recorded cases in SWFL: 45,608 (up from 45,356)
Deaths: 1,000 (up from 999)

  • 252 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 1 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 23,195 (up from 23,058) – 510 deaths (1 new)
Collier County: 14,326 (up from 14,247) – 255 deaths
Charlotte County: 3,611 (up from 3,588) – 157 deaths
DeSoto County: 1,666 (up from 1,662) – 29 deaths
Glades County: 601 (up from 599) – 6 deaths
Hendry County: 2,209 (up from 2,202) – 43 deaths

Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

*If not linked, the final report has not yet been made available.


Effective Oct. 27, the Florida Department of Health ceased releasing data showing overall testing numbers. Their statement: “The Florida Department of Health is making adjustments to the COVID-19 dashboard and daily report to provide clear, accurate information for Florida families. Moving forward, the daily report will focus on the number of tests reported to the state by day and the corresponding positivity rate by day. The previously reported cumulative number did not reflect the current status of the pandemic in Florida. This change is in line with the CDC recommendation that calculation of percent positivity [is] applied consistently and with clear communication, will allow public health officials to follow magnitude and trends effectively, and the trends will be useful for local public health decision making.”


NOW HIRING: SWFL companies adding jobs

#GulfshoreStrong: Covering people making a difference in SWFL

FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Oct. 26

REPORT COVID-19 DIAGNOSIS/TEST: International self-reporting system


The Florida Department of Health has 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:WINK News
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