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Confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sanibel increases

March 31, 2020
By STAFF REPORT (trepecki@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Lee County has 185 confirmed cases of COVID-19 - 178 Florida residents and seven non-residents - which includes a third case recorded on Sanibel, according to the Florida Department of Health.

As of today's 10 a.m. update, the DOH reported that there are 6,338 confirmed cases in Florida, spread across 54 counties. There are 6,096 cases involving Florida residents and 242 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 2,021 tests given, with 1,836 testing negative and 185 testing positive. According to the DOH, an additional eight cases are awaiting state public health laboratory testing.

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

- Bonita Springs: 21

- Cape Coral: 30

- Captiva: 1

- Estero: 7

- Fort Myers: 85

- Fort Myers Beach: 2

- Lehigh Acres: 19

- Missing: 4*

- North Fort Myers: 6

- Sanibel: 3

*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 six recorded deaths among Florida residents for Lee County: a 77-year-old woman, a 77-year-old man, a 67-year-old man, a 39-year-old man, a 94-year-old man and a 77-year-old man.

 
 

 

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