COVID-19 tracker: Collier on pace to double its monthly high for reported COVID-19 deaths in Jan.
The Florida Department of Health reported 305 new cases of COVID-19 and six additional deaths in Collier County on Friday.
In the past week, the state has reported 28 deaths of Collier residents from COVID-19, most in a seven-day span since the pandemic began and four more than the total for all of November. If this pace continues for the next 23 days, January would double the most reported deaths for Collier in a single month, which was 54 in August.
The state listed Friday's newly verified deaths as follows:
- A 78 year-old man who had contact with a known case and whose positive case was counted by the state on Dec. 1.
- A 63-year-old man (Case counted Dec. 11).
- A 77-year-old man (Case counted Dec. 27).
- A 92-year-old woman (Counted Dec. 30).
- A 92-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted Dec. 31)
- A 90-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Counted Dec. 31).
Collier County's cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 360,18th highest among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 155 or 43% were either residents or staff of nursing homes.
The new cases increased Collier's cumulative total to 24,012, 15th most among Florida counties.
Collier's moving seven-day average for new cases was 167 through Thursday, about 42% greater than the average on Dec. 1 (118).
The seven-day average case rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases. This rate is recognized as a more accurate measure of the spread of coronavirus in a community. That's because it minimizes the impact of a single day with a very high or very low number of cases.
Collier's seven-day average for reported COVID-19 tests was 1,482 through Thursday, about 28% greater than the seven-day average on Dec. 1 (1,162). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 tests.
Collier's seven-day average positivity rate was 11.21% through Thursday, 0.8 percentage points greater than the same average on Dec. 1 (10.41%). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases divided by tests.
A total of 1,300 people in Collier County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Friday, according to the report, but that number does not reflect the people currently in the hospital, according to the Florida Department of Health.
As of approximately 2 p.m. Friday, there were 104 COVID-19 patients in Collier County hospitals, according to data from Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration. That's 14 more patients than were reported at approximately the same time Thursday. The county also had 11.3% of its total hospital beds available and 16.5% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida's available percentages were 19.4% (hospital beds) and 16.2% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 7,354 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Friday. That's 19 more patients than at approximately the same time Thursday.
The Florida Department of Health is not reporting how many people have recovered from COVID-19.
Other numbers include the following demographics breakdown for Florida residents:
- Age Range: 0 to 105
- Median Age: 43
- Male: 11,436
- Female: 11,840
- Unknown/No data: 81
- Black: 1,228
- White: 13,769
- Other: 2,564
- Unknown/No Data: 5,796
- Hispanic: 7,878
- Non-Hispanic: 9,919
- Unknown/No Data: 5,560
- Residents: 23,357
- Non-residents: 655
City of residence (if known)
- Naples: 19,376
- Immokalee: 2,913
- Marco Island: 582
- Ave Maria: 245
- Missing: 81
- Ochopee: 62
- Chokoloskee: 22
- Goodland: 14
- Everglades City: 13
- Jerome: 8
- Copeland: 4
Tests reported for Collier (through Jan. 7)
- Total tested: 138,066
- Positive: 24,012
- Negative: 114,054
- Percent positive: 17.4%
- Note: The Florida Department of Health has removed cumulative testing data from its COVID dashboard but the data can be viewed here.