Lee Health






Daily Stats  (updated 4/28/2020 at 6:30 pm)

Lee Health has:

  • 79 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 10,042 specimens for testing.
  • Discharged 192 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

Every day and night, our exceptional team is worthy of our gratitude, respect and admiration. They are our heroes, 24/7/365. But, right now, during these challenging, uncertain times, our health care heroes are showing, even more, their courage, resilience and commitment to caring and service.


Today is National Superhero Day, and we have created a special “Be a Hero to your Healthcare Hero” event on Facebook. Visit the page, and be inspired. Share a story, post a picture, express your appreciation. You can even honor your health care hero by donating to www.LeeHealthStrong.org, which will help provide supplies and resources to continue their lifesaving work. Thank you for joining us in support, recognition and appreciation of our heroes across Lee Health.


New Commercial Showcases Lee Health’s Commitment to Safely Caring for Our Community

As our community begins reopening and resuming services, Lee Health is ready to deliver the safe, compassionate care our community deserves and has come to expect from us. Our Marketing and Brand Management team produced this 30-second commercial to help allay fears, reassure our community and illustrate our commitment to safety as we resume in-person medical and surgical appointments.


Lee Health Coconut Point Triage Tents are Coming Down
Having served their purpose, and signaling a flattening of the curve and a move to a new normal, the triage tents outside Lee Health Coconut Point will be deconstructed and removed this week.


OB/GYN Celebrates Milestone Delivery
Even in the midst of a pandemic, babies are being born every day and night. Yesterday, at HealthPark Medical Center, Bipin Shah, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist with Lee Community Healthcare, delivered his 10,000th baby. Congratulations, Dr. Shah, on this significant milestone!


Dunkin’ Sprinkles Joy to Patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida
Dunkin’ franchisee Chris Mellgren recently donated 50 Dunkin’ DIY Donut Kits for patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The DIY Kits originated in San Francisco after a franchisee (and parent of three) was looking for creative ways to keep their children entertained during the COVID-19 pandemic. These kits – now available nationwide – include a donut, frosting and sprinkles so children can decorate their own donut creations at home, or in this case the hospital. Click here to see pictures of how this act of kindness brightened the day for our young patients and our health care team.


Thank you, Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A
Our friends at Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. delivered handmade Thank You Cards for our health care heroes at Lee Memorial Hospital. The outpouring of gratitude and support from the community inspires our health care heroes to keep fighting.









Florida Department of Health (Updated 4/28/2020 at 11:00 am)

~31,986 positive cases in Florida residents and 860 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, 369 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.
Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 708 new positive COVID-19 cases (696 Florida residents and 12 non-Florida residents) and eighty-three deaths related to COVID-19. There are a total of 32,846 Florida cases** with 1,088 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 27, six percent of new cases** tested positive.
Since 11 a.m. on April 27, eighty-three people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Collier, Columbia, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Suwannee 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 4/28/2020)

Globally 2 954 222 confirmed (76 026)
202 597 deaths (3932)
Western Pacific Region 145 385 confirmed (1264)
5998 deaths (40)
European Region 1 386 693 confirmed (27 313)
126 429 deaths (1904)
South-East Asia Region 48 348 confirmed (2288)
1917 deaths (93)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 171 238 confirmed (5305)
7148 deaths (157)
Region of the Americas 1 179 607 confirmed (39 087)
60 211 deaths (1722)
African Region 22 239 confirmed (769)
881 deaths (16)
  • WHO has published the ‘R&D Blueprint: COVID-19 Experimental Treatments’,
    which lists drug and non-drug experimental treatments for COVID-19. This can be
    found here.
  • WHO has called on countries to ensure that usual immunization is maintained
    wherever possible and surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases is not
    disrupted during the ongoing pandemic. The WHO Regional Office for Europe
    explores this in an article available here.
  • WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros, in his regular media briefing yesterday,
    highlighted “As lockdowns in Europe ease with declining numbers of new cases, we
    continue to urge countries to find, isolate, test and treat all cases of COVID-19 and
    trace every contact, to ensure these declining trends continue”. More information
    is available here.
  • WHO continues to source millions of dollars of medical equipment and supplies to
    help Member States access global markets, which are overwhelmed by
    unprecedented demand. WHO is also supporting design and installation of COVID19 treatment centres in a number of countries. For more, see ‘Subject in Focus’