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COVID-19 in Collier County: State reports 171 new cases, four additional deaths

Dan DeLuca
Naples Daily News

The Florida Department of Health reported 171 new cases of COVID-19 and four additional deaths in Collier County on Friday.

The newly reported deaths were identified by the state as follows:

  • A 72-year-old man whose positive case was counted by the state on Oct. 15.
  • A 77-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Case counted Oct. 24).
  • A 76-year-old man 2ho had contact with a known case (Case counted Oct. 29).
  • An 88-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Case counted Nov. 1).

Collier County's cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 273, 17th highest among Florida counties. Of those deaths, 120 are associated with residents or staff of long-term care facilities.

The 171 new COVID-19 cases increased Collier's cumulative total to 16,618, 11th highest among Florida counties. The county has added 2,031 cases so far in November, surpassing the total of 1,836 for all of October.

Collier's seven-day average for new cases was 119 through Thursday, 45% higher than the average on Nov. 1 (82).

For the fifth consecutive day, state health officials did not update the daily COVID-19 data until hours past the approximate time the numbers are supposed to be posted for the public. The Department of Health has still not answered questions asking if there is a reason for the consistent delays or if the agency plans to officially change the time the public can expect the daily updates.

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Collier's seven-day average for reported COVID-19 tests was 1,160 through Thursday, 13% greater than the seven-day average on Nov. 1 (1,024) but 21% fewer than the county's peak average on July 17 (1,474). 

Collier's seven-day average positivity rate was 10.91% through Thursday, about 2.4 percentage points higher than the same average on Nov. 1 (8.55%).

A total of 1,085 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. So far this month, the state has reported 87 new COVID-related hospitalizations in Collier, compared to 88 for all of October.  

As of approximately 11 a.m. Friday, there were 65 COVID-19 patients in Collier County hospitals, according to data from Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration.  That's three fewer patients than were reported at approximately the same time Thursday. The county also had 13.8% of its total hospital beds available and 17.1% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida's available percentages were 22.9% (hospital beds) and 19.5% (ICU beds), respectively. The AHCA also reported a total of 3,450 COVID-patients statewide as of 11 a.m. Friday. That's 73 more patients than were reported 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

  • Age Range: 0 to 104
  • Median Age: 42

Gender

  • Male: 7,989
  • Female: 8,265
  • Unknown/No data: 59

Race

  • Black: 901
  • White: 8,867
  • Other: 1,732
  • Unknown/No Data: 4,813

Ethnicity

  • Hispanic: 5,796
  • Non-Hispanic: 5,923
  • Unknown/No Data: 4,594

Residency

  • Residents: 16,313
  • Non-residents: 305

City of residence (if known)

  • Naples: 12,350
  • Immokalee: 2,433
  • Missing: 963
  • Marco Island: 333
  • Ave Maria: 160
  • Ochopee: 48
  • Goodland: 11
  • Chokoloskee: 3
  • Everglades City: 3

Tests reported for Collier (through Nov. 19)

  • Total tested: 103,861
  • Positive: 16,618
  • Negative: 87,243
  • Percent positive: 16%
  • 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. View yesterday's line list of cases and deaths.