Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 7,459 new cases, 85 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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A teacher sprays hand sanitizer on a student’s hands following recess at an elementary school in Surprise, Arizona, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. Credit: Cheney Orr/Bloomberg via Getty Images

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there have been 897,323 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 884,625 Florida residents and 12,698 non-Florida residents. There are 17,644 Florida resident deaths reported, 217 non-resident deaths, and 52,329 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: 897,323 (up from 889,864)
Florida resident deaths: 17,644 (up from 17,559)
Non-resident deaths: 217 (up from 216)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 17,861 (up from 17,775)

  • 7,459 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 85 new resident deaths reported Tuesday
  • 1 new non-resident death reported Tuesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 8.64%
    • 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: 52,070 (up from 51,608)
Deaths: 1,077 (up from 1,069)

  • 462 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 8 new deaths reported Tuesday

Lee County: ​26,702 cases (up from 26,438) – 549 deaths (7 new)
Collier County: 16,117 (up from 16,019) – 268 deaths (1 new)
Charlotte County: 4,383 (up from 4,333) – 175 deaths
DeSoto County: 1,853 (up from 1,814) – 33 deaths
Glades County: 641 (up from 637) – 7 deaths
Hendry County: ​​​2,374 (up from ​​2,367) – 45 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.”


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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.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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