Tuesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 8,555 new cases, 72 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
A health care worker directs a person to use a nasal swab for a self-administered test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami Beach Convention Center Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (David Santiago/Miami Herald via AP)

As of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, there have been 953,300 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 938,830 Florida residents and 14,470 non-Florida residents. There are 18,157 Florida resident deaths reported, 226 non-resident deaths, and 53,827 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: 953,300 (up from 944,745)
Florida resident deaths: 18,157 (up from 18,085)
Non-resident deaths: 226 (up from 225)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 18,383 (up from 18,310)

  • 8,555 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 72 new resident deaths reported Tuesday
  • 1 new non-resident deaths reported Tuesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 7.47%
    • 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: 55,862 (up from 55,286)
Deaths: 1,118 (up from 1,108)

  • 576 total new cases reported Tuesday
  • 10 new deaths reported Tuesday

Lee County: ​28,608 cases (up from ​28,279) – 570 deaths (7 new)
Collier County: 17,095 (up from 16,947) – 279 deaths (3 new)
Charlotte County: 4,780 (up from 4,720) – 183 deaths
DeSoto County: 2,280 (up from 2,247) – 33 deaths
Glades County: 654 (down from 655) – 8 deaths
Hendry County: ​​​​2,445 (up from 2,438) – 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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