UPDATE: DOH reports error, only one more case for Sanibel
UPDATE: On April 25, Florida Department of Health in Lee County Health Administrator Angela Smith advised the city of Sanibel that one of two new cases for the island reported on April 23 was incorrect. According to Smith, the zip code was initially reported as the one for Sanibel, but was corrected upon the health department interviewing the individual. The case was removed from Sanibel’s COVID-19 counts, resulting in seven total number of cases.
ORIGINAL (April 24, 2020):
Lee County has 928 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 893 Florida residents and 35 non-residents – including nine 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 30,174 confirmed cases in Florida, spread across 67 counties. There are 29,356 cases involving Florida residents and 818 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 7,923 tests given, with 6,993 testing negative and 928 testing positive. According to the DOH, an additional 42 cases are awaiting state public health laboratory testing.
The following areas in Lee reported positive cases in Florida residents:
– Alva: 6
– Boca Grande: 1
– Bonita Springs: 84
– Cape Coral: 178
– Captiva: 1
– Estero: 42
– Fort Myers: 348
– Fort Myers Beach: 8
– Lehigh Acres: 174
– Missing: 8*
– North Fort Myers: 34
– Saint James City: 1
– Sanibel: 8
*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 36 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 two 62-year-old women.