Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 13,871 new cases, 137 new deaths reported

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A health care worker collects a COVID-19 test sample after a person used 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 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 1,306,123 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,283,701 Florida residents and 22,422 non-Florida residents. There are 21,546 Florida resident deaths reported, 311 non-resident deaths, and 62,508 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 1,306,123 (up from 1,292,252)
Florida resident deaths: 21,546 (up from 21,409)
Non-resident deaths: 311 (up from 309)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 21,857 (up from 21,718)

  • 13,871 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 137 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 2 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 8.72%
    • 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: 76,664 (up from 75,880)
Deaths: 1,352 (up from 1,330)

  • 764 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 22 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 40,169 cases (up from 39,679) – 673 deaths (20 new)
Collier County: 22,267 (up from 22,132) – 333 deaths (2 new)
Charlotte County: 7,282 (up from 7,192) – 231 deaths
DeSoto County: 2,883 (up from 2,858) – 55 deaths
Glades County: 769 (up from 764) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 3,274 (up from 3,255) – 49 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.”


VACCINE IN SWFL: COVID-19 vaccine schedules for SWFL

VACCINE IN FLORIDA: State of Florida’s COVID-19 vaccine reports

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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 Email responses will be sent during call center hours.

LINKFlorida Department of Health COVID-19 updates

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