The Florida Department of Health reported two cumulative totals of COVID-19 cases Saturday, Dec. 12 for Sanibel. The FDOH Daily Dashboard showed a total of 102 cases since the first case was reported in March. The FDOH Daily Report showed a total of 103 cases. The FDOH also reported two totals on Wednesday, Dec. 9 – 99 and 100 cases. The City of Sanibel said in a statement Saturday there was no explanation for the discrepancies from the FDOH.
Sanibel had 28 new virus cases in November, a record high for a single month. There have been 13 to 14 new cases reported in December. The FDOH does not report virus-related deaths for Sanibel, but for Lee County as a whole. And recovery rates are not reported by the FDOH.
Sanibel Mayor Mick Denham has extended the local state of emergency proclamation to Dec. 15. It includes the city’s mandate on wearing a face covering while indoors at public places. City Council approved an electronic sign on Causeway Boulevard as a reminder to wear a mask. The city also continues to encourage social distancing and avoiding group gatherings to prevent further spread of the virus.