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COVID-19 cases on Sanibel increase by one

By Staff | May 1, 2020

Lee County has 1,067 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 1,026 Florida residents and 41 non-residents – including 10 cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Health.

As of today’s update, the DOH reported that there are 34,728 confirmed cases in Florida, spread across all 67 counties. There are 33,829 cases involving Florida residents and 899 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 11,881 tests given, with 1,067 testing positive and 10,812 testing negative. According to the DOH, an additional 16 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: 89

– Cape Coral: 195

– Captiva: 1

– Estero: 47

– Fort Myers: 490

– Fort Myers Beach: 8

– Lehigh Acres: 224

– North Fort Myers: 36

– Sanibel: 9

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 42 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 three 62-year-old women.