Latest COVID-19 update for Sebastian and surrounding areas

COVID-19 update for Sebastian, Florida.
COVID-19 update for Sebastian, Florida.

Overnight, the Florida Department of Health reported 39 more positive coronavirus cases in the state, bringing the total number to 115.

As of 11:00 am Sunday, there are no reported or confirmed cases of coronavirus in Sebastian, Indian River County, or Brevard County. Most of the cases remain in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

There was one death yesterday in Florida; it was a 77-year old male in Lee County.

Nearby, there is 1 case in Osceola, 2 cases in Orange, 1 case in Seminole, and 5 cases in Volusia.

According to the CDC, there are approximately 157,000 cases worldwide and 5,800 deaths. Nearly 74,000 people have recovered from COVID-19.

All schools in Indian River County and Brevard County are closed until the end of the month.

The Sebastian ShrimpFest, scheduled for next weekend at Riverview Park, has been postponed. We are in direct contact with the event organizer and will update everyone on what they plan to do going forward.

While coronavirus is a global pandemic, it doesn’t mean everyone will get it. According to statistics, most of the population will not contract the disease.

You can prevent the spread of COVID-19:

The Florida Department of Health in Indian River County is strongly urging people who have chronic health conditions not to attend public gatherings.

Florida counties with positive coronavirus cases.
Florida counties with positive coronavirus cases.

The health department is asking people not to attend mass gatherings if they:

  • are a contact to a known or suspected case of COVID-19
  • are an older adult
  • are immune-compromised
  • are ill
  • have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or lung disease
  • have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to destinations under a level 3 travel advisory
  • have traveled to or from a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

Additionally, everyone is encouraged to:

  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Sebastian Daily will have more news on Monday about the coronavirus. Please remain calm, don’t panic, and practice the guildelines listed above to prevent the spread of the disease.

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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.