Local COVID-19 Updates – 4/7

Governor Ron DeSantis wants more rapid COVID-19 antibody test available, at hospitals 

April 6, 1:53 p.m.

Erin Dobrzyn, WKMG 6

  • On Monday, April 6, Gov. DeSantis spoke about the importance of rapid COVID-19 testing, as the number of cases rapidly increases.
  • Gov. DeSantis is working with Abbott Labs to attempt to get rapid tests in every major hospital in the state.


April 7, 12:25 p.m. 


  • According to the latest data released by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), there are now 137,375 total tests administered 14,504 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Florida. 
    • From the 14,504 confirmed cases in Florida, 14,065 cases were from residents.
    • There were 17,787 hospitalizations and 283 deaths. 


Florida Travelers with COVID-19 Visited 46 U.S. States, 75 Foreign Destinations Before Diagnosis 

Ryan Mills, Naples Daily News, USA Today 

April 7, 2:37 p.m. 

  • According to USA Today, 80% of all infected Floridians traveled outside of the state before they tested positive. 
  • In Florida, travel-related cases used to dominate test results when COVID-19 was first identified. 
  • As COVID-19 spreads across Florida, investigation on non-travel and travel-related cases have begun to increase. 


A previous version of the update stated that all positive cases in Florida were linked to Floridians who traveled outside of the state. This statistic has been updated.