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Friday’s Coronavirus Updates: Florida tops 800,000 total cases with 46,256 in SWFL

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A healthcare worker takes down a patients information for COVID-19 testing. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there have been 800,216 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 789,714 Florida residents and 10,502 non-Florida residents. There are 16,720 Florida resident deaths reported, 207 non-resident deaths, and 49,185 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: 800,216 (up from 794,624)
Florida resident deaths: 16,720 (up from 16,648)
Non-resident deaths: 207 (up from 206)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 16,927 (up from 16,854)

  • 5,592 total new cases reported Friday
  • 72 new resident deaths reported Friday
  • 1 new non-resident deaths reported Friday
  • Percent positive for new cases in FL residents: 5.89%
    • 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: 46,256 (up from 45,876)
Deaths: 1,007 (up from 1,004)

  • 380 total new cases reported Friday
  • 3 new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: ​23,517 (up from 23,335) – 515 deaths (2 new)
Collier County: 14,542 (up from 14,404) – 256 deaths (1 new)
Charlotte County: 3,689 (up from 3,638) – 157 deaths
DeSoto County: 1,674 (up from 1,670) – 29 deaths
Glades County: 607 (up from 606) – 6 deaths
Hendry County: 2,227 (up from 2,223) – 44 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.”


NOW HIRING: SWFL companies adding jobs

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FOOD PANTRIES: Harry Chapin mobile food pantry schedule, week of Oct. 26

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


The Florida Department of Health has 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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