Thursday’s Coronavirus Updates: 17,192 new cases, 127 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 p.m. Thursday, there have been 1,323,315 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 1,300,528 Florida residents and 22,787 non-Florida residents. There are 21,673 Florida resident deaths reported, 317 non-resident deaths, and 62,868 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: 1,323,315 (up from 1,306,123)
Florida resident deaths: 21,673 (up from 21,546)
Non-resident deaths: 317 (up from 311)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 21,990 (up from 21,857)

  • 17,192 total new cases reported Thursday
  • 127 new resident deaths reported Thursday
  • 6 new non-resident deaths reported Thursday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 11.57%
    • 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: 77,509 (up from 76,664)
Deaths: 1,351 (down from 1,352)

  • 845 total new cases reported Thursday
  • 1 new death reported Thursday

Lee County: 40,635 cases (up from 40,169) – 672 deaths (-1)
Collier County: 22,506 (up from 22,267) – 332 deaths (-1)
Charlotte County: 7,410 (up from 7,282) – 231 deaths
DeSoto County: 2,898 (up from 2,883) – 56 deaths (1 new)
Glades County: 769 (unchanged) – 11 deaths
Hendry County: 3,291 (up from 3,274) – 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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