Thursday and Friday coronavirus update: 17,344 new cases and 109 new deaths reported

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Catalina Mantilla, right, receives a COVID-19 test at a walk-up testing site, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Miami. Florida health officials have reported a steady increase in the number of new coronavirus cases each day over the past month and a half, though the numbers are no where near the peak in July. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, there have been 979,020 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. No update was given on Thanksgiving Day, so Friday’s update includes both Thursday and Friday numbers.

The case count includes 963,751 Florida residents and 15,269 non-Florida residents. There are 18,363 Florida resident deaths reported, 233 non-resident deaths, and 54,467 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: 979,020 (up from 961,676)
Florida resident deaths: 18,363 (up from 18,254)
Non-resident deaths: 233 (up from 228)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 18,596 (up from 18,482)

  • 17,344 total new cases reported Friday
  • 109 new resident deaths reported Friday
  • 5 new non-resident deaths reported Friday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 7.10%
    • 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: 57,343 (up from 56,388)
Deaths: 1,134 (up from 1,131)

  • 955 total new cases reported Friday
  • 7 new deaths reported Friday

Lee County: ​29,334 cases (up from ​28,881) – 574 deaths
Collier County: 17,556 (up from 17,262) – 280 deaths (1 new)
Charlotte County: 4,968 (up from 4,831) – 192 deaths (6 new)
DeSoto County: 2,341 (up from 2,305) – 34 deaths
Glades County: 665 (up from 657) – 9 deaths
Hendry County: ​​​​2,479 (up from 2,452) – 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 Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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