COVID-19 tracker: State reports 368 new cases, 1 additional death in Lee County



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The Florida Department of Health reported 368 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death in Lee County Monday.

The state identified the newly reported death as a 71-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on Dec. 31.

Lee County’s cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 715, ninth-highest among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 305 or about 43% were either residents or staff of nursing homes.

So far this month, the state has reported 43 deaths of Lee residents from COVID-19. That’s nearly half of the reported death toll during December (88).

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The newly added cases pushed Lee’s total to 45,650, eighth-most among Florida counties. In January, the county has added 5,015 new cases, an average of nearly 456 per day.

Through Sunday, Lee’s moving seven-day new case average was 445, about 65% greater than the same average on Dec. 1 (270).

The seven-day average case rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases. This is recognized as a more accurate measure of the spread of coronavirus in a community. That’s because it minimizes the impact of a single day with a very high or very low number of cases.

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Through Sunday, the seven-day average for tests in Lee County was 4,334, 43% greater than the seven-day average on Dec. 1 (3,027). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 tests.

Lee’s overall positivity rate increased to 16.47% Monday, the highest since the start of the pandemic. The county’s seven-day average positivity rate was 10.35% through Sunday, about 1.5 percentage points greater than it was on Dec. 1 (8.9%). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases divided by tests.

According to the state Department of Health, a total of 1,931 people in Lee County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Monday. However, that number does not reflect people currently in the hospital, according to the state.

As of approximately 2 p.m. Monday, there were 162 COVID-19 patients in Lee County hospitals, according to data from Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration. That’s three fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Sunday. The county’s hospitals also had 15.2% of their total beds available and 16.3% of their adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida’s available percentages were 22.2% (hospital beds) and 19.2% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 7,650 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Monday. That’s 146 more patients than at approximately the same time Sunday.

The Florida Department of Health is not reporting how many people have recovered from COVID-19.

Other numbers include the following demographics breakdown for Florida residents:


  • Age Range: 0 to 103
  • Median Age: 43


  • Male: 20.472
  • Female: 23,092
  • Unknown/No data: 343


  • Black: 3,523
  • White: 25,902
  • Other: 4,431
  • Unknown/No Data: 10,403


  • Hispanic: 10,366
  • Non-Hispanic: 23,085
  • Unknown/No Data: 10,808


  • Residents: 44,259
  • Non-residents: 1,391

City, place of residence (if known)

  • Fort Myers: 17,417
  • Cape Coral: 11,076
  • Lehigh Acres: 7,366
  • Bonita Springs: 2,789
  • North Fort Myers: 2,010
  • Estero: 1,628
  • Fort Myers Beach: 452
  • Alva: 322
  • Missing: 231
  • Saint James City: 171
  • Sanibel: 169
  • Bokeelia: 127
  • Matlacha: 115
  • South Fort Myers: 97
  • Bonita Beach: 57
  • Boca Grande: 53
  • FGCU: 45
  • Miromar Lakes: 39
  • Tice: 24
  • Buckingham: 11
  • Captiva: 5
  • San Carlos Park: 3
  • Pineland: 1

Tests reported for Lee County (through Jan. 10)

  • Total tested: 277,138
  • Positive: 45,650
  • Negative: 231,488
  • Percent positive: 16.47%
  • Note: The Florida Department of Health has removed cumulative testing data from its COVID dashboard but the data can be viewed here.

View yesterday’s report.

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Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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