Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: Port Charlotte Publix worker tests positive

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Coronavirus updates

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 15,698 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Florida. The case count includes 15,234 Florida residents and 464 non-Florida residents. There are 323 deaths reported and 2,082 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Department of Health.

There have been 143,707 tests administered in Florida. A total of 15,698 tests have come back positive and 127,882 tests have come back negative. The remainder is still pending, according to the FDOH website.


Total number of cases: 15,698 (up from 15,456)
Deaths: 323 (up from 309)

  • 951 total cases reported Wednesday
  • 27 total deaths reported Wednesday


Total in SWFL: 868 (up from 847)
Deaths: 22 (unchanged)

  • 62 new cases reported Wednesday
  • 0 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 476 (up from 462)
Collier County: 282 (up from 277)
Charlotte County: 76 (unchanged)
DeSoto County: 19 (up from 18)
Glades County: 4 (unchanged)
Hendry County: 11 (up from 10)

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


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  • 1:15 p.m. Gov. Ron DeSantis hold a press conference in Miami on COVID-19 response WATCH HERE
  • 5 p.m. The White House Coronavirus Task Force daily briefing

Port Charlotte Publix employee tests positive

Publix confirmed Wednesday that an employee at its McCall Road store has tested positive for the coronavirus.

No other details have been released, including what interaction that employee may have had with customers.

Marco Island backtracks on plan to reopen beach access

Marco Island announced Monday that they had voted to open one public beach access for entrance and one for an exit. The idea was meant to give residents the ability to walk on the beach for exercise and some fresh air. However, the concern residents had was that it would give a reason for more people to come into the area, putting residents at a higher risk. On Wednesday morning, the city decided not to reopen the area, as the safety of their residents is their highest priority.


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 responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINK: Florida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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