Did Sebastian get 60 new COVID-19 cases on Monday? We explain.

COVID-19 Update in Sebastian, Florida.
COVID-19 Update in Sebastian, Florida.

When we saw 60 new cases in Sebastian on Monday, we almost went into panic mode. That’s a lot of cases!

However, there’s an explanation for it.

As Florida health officials track new COVID-19 cases, some patient data can be incomplete, and sometimes for several weeks. If the patient’s city is not listed, they are put into a “missing” category. It is our understanding that Indian River County had approximately 300 individuals in the “missing” category.

On Monday, a lot of the data was filled in, which updated the cities where people live. As a result, it showed 60 new COVID-19 cases on Monday in the City of Sebastian, although the data is not from a single day.

Here’s an update on the number of local positive COVID-19 cases since the pandemic started:

  • Sebastian: 587
  • Roseland: 5
  • Barefoot Bay: 50
  • Micco: 16
  • Grant-Valkaria: 60
  • Fellsmere: 493
  • Wabasso: 9 cases
  • Vero Beach: 3,650 (this number also includes Vero Lake Estates and other rural areas near Vero Beach)

There have been approximately 156 new COVID-19 cases in Sebastian so far in November. That’s about seven new cases per day. We’re not in a crisis, but the numbers are rising.

Florida health officials urge everyone to Social Distance or wear a face mask whenever they cannot Social Distance. Make sure you wash your hands frequently.

Most restaurants in Sebastian still require a mask among employees and customers. We will publish an article about those establishments soon. 

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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.