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COVID-19 cases hold steady on islands

By Staff | May 19, 2020

Lee County has 1,520 confirmed cases of COVID-19 – 1,471 Florida residents and 49 non-residents – including 12 cases between Sanibel and Captiva, according to the Florida Department of Health.

As of today’s update, the DOH reported that there are 46,944 confirmed cases in Florida, spread across all 67 counties. There are 45,684 cases involving Florida residents and 1,260 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 19,514 tests given, with 17,989 testing negative and 1,520 testing positive. In addition, eight cases are awaiting testing and five tests were inconclusive.

Also, the DOH reported that there are 89 recorded deaths among Florida residents for Lee.

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

– Alva: 6

– Boca Grande: 1

– Bokeelia: 1

– Bonita Springs: 114

– Cape Coral: 279

– Captiva: 1

– Estero: 57

– Fort Myers: 627

– Fort Myers Beach: 12

– Lehigh Acres: 308

– Matlacha: 3

– Missing: 6*

– North Fort Myers: 43

– Sanibel: 11

*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.”