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Confirmed COVID-19 cases on islands holding steady

By Staff | Apr 22, 2020

Lee County has 794 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 760 Florida residents and 34 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 28,309 confirmed cases in Florida, spread across 67 counties. There are 27,543 cases involving Florida residents and 766 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 6,743 tests given, with 5,9479 testing negative and 794 testing positive. According to the DOH, an additional 59 cases are awaiting state public health laboratory testing.

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

– Alva: 5

– Boca Grande: 1

– Bonita Springs: 72

– Cape Coral: 163

– Captiva: 1

– Estero: 30

– Fort Myers: 291

– Fort Myers Beach: 6

– Lehigh Acres: 152

– Missing: 4*

– North Fort Myers: 28

– Saint James City: 1

– 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 have been 29 recorded deaths among Florida residents for Lee County, ranging from a 100-year-old man and 97-year-old woman to a 39-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman.