Saturday’s Coronavirus Updates: 11,682 new cases and 72 new deaths reported

Published: December 19, 2020 5:15 PM EST
Updated: December 20, 2020 8:58 AM EST
A healthcare professional suits up with PPE to enter a COVID-19 patient's room in the ICU at Van Wert County Hospital in Van Wert, Ohio on November 20, 2020. MEGAN JELINGER/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

As of 5 p.m. Saturday, there have been 1,193,165 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,173,409 Florida residents and 19,756 non-Florida residents. There are 20,473 Florida resident deaths reported, 291 non-resident deaths, and 59,851 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,193,165 (up from 1,181,483)
Florida resident deaths: 20,473 (up from 20,401)
Non-resident deaths: 291 (up from 289)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 20,764 (up from 20,690)

  • 11,682 total new cases reported Saturday
  • 72 new resident deaths reported Saturday
  • 2 new non-resident deaths reported Saturday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 8.35%
    • 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: 70,208 (up from 69,548)
Deaths: 1,267 (up from 1,264)

  • 660 total new cases reported Saturday
  • 3 new deaths reported Saturday

Lee County: 36,520 cases (up from 36,145) – 632 deaths (2 new)
Collier County: 20,770 (up from 20,629) – 315 deaths
Charlotte County: 6,475 (up from 6,384) – 213 deaths (1 new)
DeSoto County: 2,719 (up from 2,707) – 50 deaths
Glades County: 739 (up from 734) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 2,985 (up from 2,949) – 46 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.”


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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.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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