OKEECHOBEE – The Florida Department of Health reported the 23rd death in Okeechobee County related to COVID-19 on Sept. 19. The most recent death added to the report is that of a 96-year-old individual whose positive test was entered in the state data base on Sept. 1.
Since testing started 159 Okeechobee residents who tested positive for COVID-19 have been hospitalized, according to the FDOH.
According to the Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) as of Sept. 19, 13 Okeechobee County residents who tested positive for COVID-19 were hospitalized.
Okeechobee County’s hospital has no ICU beds open, according to the Sept. 19 report. However larger hospitals in neighboring counties do have available beds.
On Sept. 18, 35 new positive cases were reported in Okeechobee County.
Okeechobee County has 23 deaths related to COVID-19 including:
• Female, 65, positive test reported June 22;
• Male, 93, positive test reported June 26;
• Male 70, positive test reported June 26;
• Male 63, positive test reported July 4.
• Female, 83, positive test reported Aug. 9;
• Female, 85, positive test reported Aug. 9;
• Male, 93, positive test reported Aug. 19.
• Male, 62, positive test reported Aug. 26;
• Unknown, 96, positive test reported Sept. 1.
The FDOH does not release the names, dates of death or any other information related to those on the state’s COVID-19 death list. COVID-19 was reported to be the primary cause of deaths for these individuals by the medical examiner.