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Sixth COVID-19 case confirmed on Sanibel

By Staff | Apr 8, 2020

Lee County has 462 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 439 Florida residents and 23 non-residents – including seven cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Health.

As of today’s 10 a.m. update, the DOH reported that there are 15,456 confirmed cases in Florida, spread across 66 counties. There are 15,003 cases involving Florida residents and 453 cases of non-residents. The numbers include Florida residents who have been diagnosed and isolated outside of the state.

In Lee County, there have been 4,495 tests given, with 4,031 testing negative and 462 testing positive. According to the DOH, an additional 19 cases are awaiting state public health laboratory testing.

The following areas in Lee reported positive cases in Florida residents:

– Alva: 4

– Bonita Springs: 49

– Cape Coral: 99

– Captiva: 1

– Estero: 20

– Fort Myers: 167

– Fort Myers Beach: 5

– Lehigh Acres: 70

– Missing: 3*

– North Fort Myers: 15

– Sanibel: 6

*DOH officials reported that the city name was not entered when the test results were.

The DOH is not permitted to provide specifics about cases.

“Demographic information is not provided by city as it is considered protected health information,” Tammy Yzaguirre, public information officer at the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, has reported.

“We here at DOH-Lee and other local health departments are committed to providing as much information as possible to protect the public, as well as, protect the privacy of individuals being tested and monitored for COVID-19,” she added. “Due to the nature of this unique virus, sharing specific information of how many people in a community have been tested, are currently under public health monitoring, where they sought medical treatment or their travel history could potentially release personal identifiable health information, especially in Florida’s smaller communities.”

In addition, the DOH reported that there are 14 recorded deaths among Florida residents for Lee County: a 77-year-old woman, a 77-year-old man, a 67-year-old man, a 67-year-old man, a 39-year-old man, a 94-year-old man, a 77-year-old man, a 71-year-old man, a 96-year-old woman, a 78-year-old man, an 85-year-old woman, an 80-year-old woman, a 100-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman.