COVID-19 Update: Data suggests that Florida cases are flattening

Latest COVID-19 update in Sebastian, Florida.
Latest COVID-19 update in Sebastian, Florida.

This is an update on coronavirus cases in Indian River County and Brevard County, Florida.

Governor Ron DeSantis announced Tuesday that the number of new coronavirus cases in Florida may be flattening.

“Fortunately, data suggests that we are flattening the curve,” Governor Ron DeSantis said in the announcement. DeSantis also announced a task force to look at reopening state on or after May 1, 2020.

“It’s the education. It’s the quality of life. It’s exercise and health, mental health,” he said.

However, health officials ask residents not to let their guard down, and to continue practicing social distancing, staying at home, and wearing masks when in the stores.

Also, state health department officials are not providing us with the number of “recoveries” in Indian River and Brevard counties. We’ve asked for this information repeatedly. This is what they sent us.

“The State Department of Health does not currently measure ‘recovery,’ and doesn’t expect to have such a designation anytime in the near future,” officials said.


  • Sebastian: 7 cases
  • Fellsmere: 1 case
  • Malabar: 1 case
  • Grant-Valkaria: 1 case
  • Barefoot Bay: 1 case
  • Micco: 0 cases
  • Vero Beach: 52 cases

Indian River County has a population of 154,000. The patients are 59% men and 41% women between the ages of 8 to 94.

Indian River County Coronavirus Cases

  • Cases: 77 (8 non-residents)
  • Deaths: 1
  • Tested Negative: 1,035
  • Hospitalizations: 20
  • Awaiting Results: 60

Brevard County has a population of 590,000. The patients are 50% men and 50% women between the ages of 1 to 94.

Brevard County Coronavirus Cases

  • Cases: 164 (6 non-residents)
  • Deaths: 6
  • Tested Negative: 3,026
  • Hospitalizations: 38
  • Awaiting Results: 2

The total number of cases, deaths, and people who have tested negative in Florida.


  • Cases: 22,081 (646 non-Florida residents)
  • Deaths: 591
  • Tested Negative: 187,942
  • Hospitalizations: 3,099

Here’s some data on the number of new cases per day in Florida:

  • 3/31 – 922 cases
  • 4/1 – 1,043 cases
  • 4/2 – 1,285 cases
  • 4/3 – 1,307 cases
  • 4/4 – 1,163 cases
  • 4/5 – 772 cases
  • 4/6 – 1,190 cases
  • 4/7 – 1,044 cases
  • 4/8 – 1,068 cases
  • 4/9 – 1,057 cases
  • 4/10 – 1,115 cases
  • 4/11 – 1084 cases
  • 4/12 – 835 cases
  • 4/13 – 967 cases
  • 4/14 – 608 cases

So far, the new cases in Florida peaked on April 2nd and April 3rd. The curve may be flattening in Florida.

United States

The total number of cases, deaths, and people who have recovered from the virus in the United States.

  • Cases: 609,995
  • Deaths: 26,059
  • Recoveries: 49,966


The total number of cases, deaths, and people who have recovered from the virus around the world.

  • Cases: 2,006,513
  • Deaths: 128,071
  • Recoveries: 501,758


Cleveland Clinic, Indian River Hospital, is providing drive-through testing by appointments from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. To make an appointment, call the hospital at 772-226-4846.

For now, if you are 65 or older, or have an illness or chronic condition, please stay home.

If you need need groceries or other items delivered to your home, call Blue River Delivery at 772-643-6880.

Sebastian Daily will continue to provide future updates on COVID-19 for Sebastian City Limits and Indian River County.

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About Andy Hodges
Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.