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Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: Lab reporting issue causes spike with 7,569 new cases reported; 187 deaths

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A healthcare worker gives a thumbs up to a driver as he stops his car, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at a COVID-19 testing site outside Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

As of 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, there have been 631,040 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 624,116 Florida residents and 6,924 non-Florida residents. There are 11,374 Florida resident deaths reported, 147 non-resident deaths, and 38,859 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

On Tuesday the state announced they have cut ties with Quest Diagnostics, saying the labs didn’t report 75,000 COVID-19 test results. Most of these results were reported today by the DOH.

*Numbers are released by the DOH daily at approximately 11 a.m. but are occasionally delayed. Tuesday they were released after 3 p.m.


Total number of recorded cases: 631,040 (up from 623,471)
Florida resident deaths: 11,374 (up from 11,187)
Non-resident deaths: 147 (up from 144)
Total deaths in state (FL/non-FL residents combined): 11,521

  • 7,569 total new cases reported Tuesday (Mostly delayed tests from Quest)
  • 187 total new resident deaths reported Tuesday
  • 3 new non-resident deaths reported Tuesday


Total tested (residents): 4,663,302
Total tested (non-residents): 19,581
Total positive (residents): 624,116
Total positive (non-residents): 6,924
Total negative (residents): 4,032,191
Total negative (non-residents): 12,635
Percent positive (residents): 13.4%
Percent positive (non-residents): 35.4%

The remainder of the tests is still pending or inconclusive, according to the FDOH website.


Total recorded cases in SWFL: 37,263 (up from 36,879)
Deaths: 779 (up from 773)

  • 384 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 6 new deaths reported Tuesday

Lee County: 18,824 (up from 18,673) – 426 deaths (3 new)
Collier County: 11,796 (up from 11,609) – 177 deaths (1 new)
Charlotte County: 2,713 (up from 2,677) – 112 deaths (2 new)
DeSoto County: 1,493 (up from 1,489) – 22 deaths
Glades County: 458 (up from 456) – 3 deaths
Hendry County: 1,979 (up from 1,975) – 39 deaths

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


NOW HIRING: SWFL companies adding jobs

#GulfshoreStrong: Covering people making a difference in SWFL

FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Aug. 31

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


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 covid-19@flhealth.gov. Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINK: Florida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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