COVID-19 in Collier County: State reports 44 new cases, five additional deaths

Dan DeLuca Naples Daily NewsPublished 11:58 AM EDT Sep 18, 2020The Florida Department of Health reported

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The Florida Department of Health reported 44 new cases of COVID-19 and five additional deaths in Collier County on Friday.

That's the most number of COVID-19 deaths verified for Collier County since seven were reported on Aug. 11.

The deaths verified Friday were identified as follows:

  • A 68-year-old woman whose positive case was counted by the state on June 26.
  • An 87-year-old woman who had contact with a known case (Case counted June 27).
  • A 79-year-old woman (Case counted Sept. 6).
  • A 92-year-old woman (Case counted Sept. 11).
  • An 81-year-old man who had contact with a known case (Counted Sept. 14).

Collier County's cumulative total of COVID-19 fatalities increased to 201, according to the state, 17th highest among Florida counties.

The new cases increased Collier's overall total to 12,368 Friday, 10th highest among Florida counties. The seven-day average for cases increased to 34 through Thursday, 54% of the seven-day average on Sept. 1 (63). 

While Collier County is 10th among Florida counties in COVID-19 cases, it is only 21st in total tests. Every other county in the top 10 in cases is among the top nine in total tests. Collier's seven-day average for reported COVID-19 tests was 768 through Thursday, 18% fewer than the seven-day average on Aug. 1 (940) and 48% fewer than the county's peak average on July 17 (1,474). 

Collier's seven-day average positivity rate dropped to 4.45% through Thursday, the lowest it's been since Florida started reporting the rates for individual counties on April 17.

A total of 895 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 11 a.m. Friday, there were 31 COVID-19 patients in Collier County hospitals, according to data from Florida's Agency for Healthcare Administration. That's the same number of patients that were reported at approximately the same time Thursday. The county also had 22.7% of its total hospital beds available and 34.1% of its adult ICU beds available, according to the AHCA. Florida's available percentages were 24.4% (hospital beds) and 22.8% (ICU beds), respectively.

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 104
  • Median Age: 40


  • Male: 5,965
  • Female: 6,245
  • Unknown/No data: 46


  • Black: 763
  • White: 6,134
  • Other: 1,431
  • Unknown/No Data: 3,928


  • Hispanic: 4,907
  • Non-Hispanic: 3,342
  • Unknown/No Data: 4,007


  • Residents: 12,256
  • Non-residents: 112

City of residence (if known)

  • Naples: 9,078
  • Immokalee: 2,306
  • Missing: 559
  • Marco Island: 194
  • Ave Maria: 76
  • Ochopee: 26
  • Goodland: 7
  • Chokoloskee: 3
  • Everglades City: 3

View yesterday's report. View yesterday's line list of cases and deaths.
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