Daily Stats (Updated 3/30/2020 at 7:30 pm)
- 31 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
- Submitted 2,602 specimens for testing
- 136 employees quarantined; 4 employees exposed at work and positive with COVID-19
- Click here for table showing specimens sent to the lab, positive cases currently in our hospitals, presumptive positive cases and telemedicine visits.
Dr. Antonucci’s Daily Message Addresses Persons Under Investigation and Presumptive Positives
Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, president & CEO of Lee Health, shared a message on Facebook explaining the health system’s care for persons under investigation and presumptive positives, while also urging the community to practice social distancing. In case you don’t already follow us on Facebook, we wanted to include his message here:
“As of midnight, 26.6% of patients in Lee Health hospitals are under investigation or presumptive positive for COVID-19. These two categories of patients—known as persons under investigation (PUI) and presumptive positives, are being cared for as if they are definitively positive for the disease. Because we have not ruled these patients out as negative for COVID-19, we are following strict protocols.
We are cohorting these patients on specific units, meaning we keep them together and separated from other patients to prevent the spread, and our team members must don full personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for them. This is a significant number of people and the threat of the number growing is real. We are persistent about social distancing because we see how hospitals and health systems in other cities, states and countries are challenged to care for the volume of patients. We do not want that to happen here.
Lee Health is our community’s major health care destination; you have trusted us for more than 100 years. Please trust us now and take this virus seriously. Please recognize the part you play in helping our community, and stay home to slow the rate of spread here.
We know staying home is inconvenient, but it is necessary and it is something we all need to get used to, especially as Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees, M.D., stated that he be