Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 1,948 new cases, 173 new deaths reported in Florida

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
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Health care workers use a nasal swab to test a person for COVID-19 at a pop up testing site at the Koinonia Worship Center and Village on July 22, 2020 in Pembroke Park, Florida. The tests where being donated by the emergency management firm CDR Maguire and GENETWORx Lab as the state of Florida battles against a spike in coronavirus cases. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there have been 706,516 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 698,051 Florida residents and 8,465 non-Florida residents. There are 14,315 Florida resident deaths reported, 171 non-resident deaths, and 44,108 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: 706,516 (up from 704,568)
Florida resident deaths: 14,315 (up from 14,143)
Non-resident deaths: 171 (up from 170)
Total deaths in state (FL/non-FL residents combined): 14,486 (up from 14,313)

  • 1,948 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 172 total new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 1 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in FL residents: 5.03%
    • 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: 40,538 (up from 40,430)
Deaths: 896 (up from 892)

  • 108 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 4 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 20,516 (up from 20,445) – 468 deaths (1 new)
Collier County: 12,751 (up from 12,732) – 221 deaths (3 new)
Charlotte County: 3,082 (up from 3,074) – 136 deaths
DeSoto County: 1,571 (up from 1,566) – 25 deaths
Glades County: 542 (up from 541) – 4 deaths
Hendry County: 2,076 (up from 2,072) – 42 deaths

Wednesday’s testing numbers haven not yet been released in their entirety. We will update this story with that information once it is made available.


Total tested (residents): 5,287,218
Total tested (non-residents): 21,126
Total positive (residents): 698,051
Total positive (non-residents): 8,465
Total negative (residents): 4,582,050
Total negative (non-residents): 12,618

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

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


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LINK: Florida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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