Lee Health






Daily Stats  (updated 4/29/2020 at 6:30 pm)

Lee Health has:

  • 81 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 10,289 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 197 patients
  • 201 employees quarantined; 28 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 Message from Dr. Larry Antonucci

With Lee County parks, preserves and beaches open once again, and as we await details for phase one of the reopening plan for Florida from Governor DeSantis, please continue following CDC guidelines. Our community has done an exceptional job with physical distancing, wearing masks while in public, and practicing good hand hygiene to slow the spread of COVID-19. But, as we proceed toward reopening and a new normal, we cannot become complacent in these efforts to protect ourselves and each other.


Patient with COVID-19 Receives Fond Farewell as He Leaves the ICU

Miguel spent 18 days in Cape Coral Hospital’s intense care unit fighting COVID-19. After being on a ventilator for more than a week, Miguel is on the road to recovery. The Cape Coral Hospital team gave him a special send-off as he was wheeled out of the ICU. Watch the sweet moment on Cape Coral Hospital’s Facebook page, here.


A Memorable Day for Staff at HealthPark Care and Rehabilitation Center

Lee County East Zone school nurses wanted to spread love and support for health care teams working in other facilities outside the hospitals. The group surprised staff at HealthPark Care and Rehabilitation Center, our five-star skilled nursing facility, with a car parade and lunch. Click here to watch the heartwarming video.


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.


Looking for a (Virtual) Fitness or Cooking Class?

Join our Healthy Life Center virtual classroom for free classes, support group meetings, meditation, chair yoga and more. All May classes are being offered as free resources and will be held virtually through WebEx, which can be accessed via your computer, smartphone or tablet. Click here for the class schedule and sign up by calling 468-0050 or emailing HealthyLifeCenter@LeeHealth.org.










Florida Department of Health (Updated 4/29/2020 at 11:00 am)
~32,318 positive cases in Florida residents and 875 positive cases in non-Florida residents~ 
TALLAHASSEE —The Florida Department of Health, in order to provide more comprehensive data, releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard is also providing updates once per day. The state also provides a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county. Previously, this information was only available for select communities. The surveillance data report is available here.
The Florida Department of Health also releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases with active cases in each facility in order to provide real-time data. The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here. To date, 394 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.
Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 347 new positive COVID-19 cases (332 Florida residents and 15 non-Florida residents) and forty-seven deaths related to COVID-19. There are a total of 33,193 Florida cases** with 1,218 deaths related to COVID-19.
While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 9 percent. On April 28, 4.69 percent of new cases** tested positive.
Since 11 a.m. on April 28, forty-seven people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Charlotte, Dade, Hendry, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Lee, Orange, Palm Beach and Polk counties.
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 4/29/2020)

Globally 3 018 681 confirmed (66 005)
207 973 deaths (5376)
Western Pacific Region 146 449 confirmed (1064)
6037 deaths (39)
European Region 1 406 899 confirmed (21 750)
129 311 deaths (2882)
South-East Asia Region 51 351 confirmed (3003)
2001 deaths (84)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 176 928 confirmed (5690)
7304 deaths (156)
Region of the Americas  1 213 088 confirmed (33 481)
62 404 deaths (2193)
African Region 23 254 confirmed (1017)
903 deaths (22)
  • Globally, the number of total confirmed cases has exceeded 3 million.
  • WHO has published a technical guidance titled ‘Strengthening Preparedness for
    COVID-19 in Cities and Urban Settings’. The guidance supports local leaders
    and policy-makers in cities and other urban settings in implementing actions
    that enhance the prevention, preparedness and readiness for COVID-19. The
    document can be found here.
  • The WHO Regional Office for Europe has highlighted the critical importance of
    patient rehabilitation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is
    available here.
  • WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Dr. Ahmed AlMandhari, has called for ‘all to put aside their differences, find common
    ground, and work together for the sake of humanity’. More information is
    available here.
  • The WHO Information Network for Epidemics (EPI-WIN) has rapidly built an
    innovative analysis capability to identify misleading sources, posts and
    narratives, and predict rising areas of concern and information voids. For more
    on this, see the ‘Subject in Focus’ below.