Wednesday’s Coronavirus Updates: 5,178 new cases, 72 new deaths reported

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Published: Updated:
Lee County opened up its COVID-19 vaccine site at the old RSW terminal location on Jan. 5. (Credit: WINK News)

As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, there have been 2,222,546 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. The case count includes 2,180,924 Florida residents and 41,622 non-Florida residents. There are 35,030 Florida resident deaths reported, 692 non-resident deaths, and 90,059 hospitalizations at some point during illness, according to the Florida Department of Health.

For state and county-by-county breakdown of vaccine administration, click here.

*Numbers are released by the DOH every afternoon.


Total number of recorded cases: 2,222,546 (up from 2,217,368)
Florida resident deaths:  35,030 (up from 34,958)
Non-resident deaths: 692 (up from 688)
Total deaths in state (Fla./non-Fla. residents combined): 35,722 (up from 35,646)

  • 5,178 new cases reported Wednesday
  • 72 new resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • 4 new non-resident deaths reported Wednesday
  • Percent positive for new cases in Fla. residents: 5.76%
    • 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: 126,568 (up from 126,164)
Deaths: 2,088 (up from 2,083)

  • 404 total new cases reported Wednesday
  • 5 new deaths reported Wednesday

Lee County: 68,885 cases (up from 68,621) – 957 deaths (1 new)
Collier County: 35,128 (up from 35,037) – 524 deaths (2 new)
Charlotte County: 12,658 (up from 12,624) – 414 deaths (1 new)
DeSoto County: 4,275 (up from 4,270) – 92 deaths
Glades County: 949 (up from 948) – 19 deaths
Hendry County: 4,673 (up from 4,664) – 82 deaths (1 new)

Click HERE* for a COVID-19 case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.


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 and information for SWFL

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

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FOOD PANTRIES: Food distributions in SWFL, week of April 26

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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