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COVID-19 tracker: State reports 113 new cases, four additional deaths in Collier County

Dan DeLuca
Naples Daily News

The Florida Department of Health reported 113 new COVID-19 cases and four additional deaths in Collier County on Thursday.

Collier County's cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 438, the 19th-highest total among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 181 or 41% were either residents or staff of nursing homes.

In January, Collier set a pandemic record with 72 reported COVID-19 deaths, 18 more than the county's previous monthly high of 54 set in August. So far in February, 34 deaths have been reported in Collier.

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The new cases increased Collier's cumulative total to 29,460, 16th most among Florida counties. 

Collier's moving seven-day average for new cases was 81 through Wednesday, about 54% fewer than the average on Jan. 15 (178). 

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.

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Collier's seven-day average for reported COVID-19 tests was 1,233 through Wednesday, about 26% fewer than the seven-day average on Jan. 15 (1,659). 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 6.67% through Wednesday, about 4.1 percentage points fewer than the same average on Jan. 15 (10.8%). The rate is the average of a day and the previous six days of COVID-19 cases divided by tests.

A total of 1,499 people in Collier County have been hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Thursday, 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. Thursday, there were 59 COVID-19 patients in Collier County hospitals, according to data from Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration. That's two fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Wednesday. The county also had 10.6% of its total hospital beds available and 16.5% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida's available percentages were 19.9% (hospital beds) and 19.2% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 4,368 COVID-patients statewide as of 2 p.m. Thursday. That's 280 fewer patients than at approximately the same time Wednesday.

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

  • Age Range: 0 to 105
  • Median Age: 44

Gender

  • Male: 13,847
  • Female: 14,487
  • Unknown/No data: 119

Race

  • Black: 1,484
  • White: 17,420
  • Other: 3,210
  • Unknown/No Data: 6,339

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 9,529
  • Non-Hispanic: 12,770
  • Unknown/No Data: 6,154

Residency

  • Residents: 28,453
  • Non-residents: 1,007

City of residence (if known)

The cities of residence listed below are based on the patient's ZIP Code. Note that city is not always received as part of the initial notification and may be missing while the case is being investigated.

  • Naples: 24,021
  • Immokalee: 3,195
  • Marco Island: 736
  • Ave Maria: 300
  • Ochopee: 68
  • Chokoloskee: 25
  • Everglades City: 19
  • Goodland: 18
  • Missing: 16
  • Copeland: 14
  • Jerome: 8

Tests reported for Collier (through Feb. 17)

  • Total tested: 162,651
  • Positive: 29,460
  • Negative: 133,191
  • Percent positive: 18.11%
  • Note: The Florida Department of Health has removed cumulative testing data from its COVID dashboard but the data can be viewed here.

View yesterday's report.