Lee Health






Daily Stats (Updated 4/19/2020 at 11:00 am)

As of today, Lee Health has:

  • 79 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 7,563 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 135 patients
  • 165 employees quarantined; 30 employees exposed at work and positive with COVID-19
  • Click here for graphs showing a running total of specimens collected for testing and positive cases hospitalized.


Today’s News

A note from Dr. Larry Antonucci, President & CEO of Lee Health

Last night, together with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Lee County Board of Commissioners, NCH Healthcare System, representatives from the Lee Health Board of Directors, including Vice-Chair Therese Everly, we showed our health care heroes the strength, support, love and respect of their community. The event included more than 100 vehicles shining their lights on the hospital and a helicopter flyer. It was a touching tribute, and I was so proud to have this opportunity to stand with community leaders and our brave first responders to recognize the great work our health care teams are doing every day and night in the battle against COVID-19. We are in this together, and together we are stronger. Click here  for a few photos and check out our Facebook page for more.


We are Collecting Blood Donations from COVID-19 Survivors

If you have recovered from COVID-19, or know someone who has, please consider donating your blood. As part of the Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Study, we are asking for blood donations from COVID-19 survivors to help treat patients currently battling the virus. All donations collected by Lee Health stay in our community and will be used exclusively for our patients.

To donate, you must have recovered from COVID-19, have been symptom-free for at least two weeks, and later tested negative for the virus. Lee Health will assist with testing. Email COVID.plasma@LeeHealth.org to volunteer.

Cape Coral Mobile Collection Site Closed Sunday, April 19
We will reopen on Monday.

A Note for Sunday

This daily update for our Board of Directors, Senior Leadership team and Community Leaders will take a day of rest on Sunday. We will be back on Monday. Take a moment to reflect on how blessed we are to live in this beautiful community. Enjoy your week-end.










Florida Department of Health (Updated 4/19/2020 at 6:00 pm)

~25,598 positive cases in Florida residents and 716 positive cases in non-Florida residents~

TALLAHASSEE — To keep Florida residents and visitors safe, informed and aware about the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health has launched a COVID-19 dashboard that is updated twice daily. Today, as of 6 p.m., there are 26,314 total** Florida cases.

There are currently 307 long-term care facilities with positive cases of COVID-19. The Florida Department of Health has published the list here. The twice daily COVID-19 report also includes information by county about deaths related to staff or residents in long-term care facilities. Of the 1,825 cases of residents or staff in long-term care facilities, 179 have died. 

While Florida’s testing has increased, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 10 percent. Of the 10,306 tests performed on April 18, there were 1,068 positive results, or 10 percent.

Ten people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Dade, Lee, Okaloosa, St. Lucie and Seminole counties.


New Florida cases include:

  • 318 additional positive COVID-19 cases (298 Florida residents and 20 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
  • There are currently 25,598 positive cases in Florida residents and 716 positive cases in non-Florida residents.

Florida recently partnered with private laboratories around the state to expand COVID-19 laboratory testing capacity. This partnership will increase the number of tests conducted each day and ensure Floridians receive the critical health information they need in a timely manner.

Expansion to private laboratories changes the COVID-19 testing landscape in Florida. Private laboratories are running tests as they receive swab samples from practitioners. Testing and reporting times vary among commercial and DOH laboratories. Demographic information may be updated during investigations. These twice daily reports reflect the state’s efforts to accurately and transparently share information.

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World Health Organization Update

SITUATION IN NUMBERS total (new) cases in last 24 hours 

(last updated 10:00 AM CET 4/19/2020)

Globally 2 241 778 confirmed (81 572)                
152 551 deaths (6463
Western Pacific Region 131 115 confirmed (1859)                
5621 deaths (23)
European Region 1 122 189 confirmed (35 300)
100 938 deaths (3737)
South-East Asia Region 27 319 confirmed (2028)                
1185 deaths (51)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 124 691 confirmed (4008)                
5908 deaths (124)
Region of the Americas 821 860 confirmed (37 589)
38 258 deaths (2516)
African Region 13 892 confirmed (788)   
628 deaths (12)
  • No new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. 
  • WHO has provided over US$ 400 000 dollars of medical supplies and equipment to the Ministry of Health of the Kurdistan region of Iraq to support response efforts in fighting COVID-19. More details can be found here.