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Daily Stats (Updated 4/2/2020 at 8:30 pm)

As of today, Lee Health has:
  • 45 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 3,337 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 17 patients
  • 184 employees quarantined; Eight 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.
Today’s News
Stopping the Spread by Staying at Home
Lee Health is pleased with the governor’s stay at home order, but we know it will take 2-3 weeks to see the full effect of that order on the cases in our community. If we follow the current trends, we are going to see an uptick in the number of COVID-19 cases. At Lee Health, we are focusing on our health system’s capacity, supplies, equipment, and staff well-being and morale so that we are prepared for the surge of patients. We appreciate the support of our community and everyone’s effort to stay home and stay safe.
New Beds Open at Gulf Coast Medical Center
The Gulf Coast Medical Center expansion is officially open and operational today. Lee Health staff spent today transitioning and moving patients to the new units. We are proud to have the increased capacity to care for additional patients, especially now with the expected increase in patients. Click here to watch a short video featuring Dr. Jon Velez, Gulf Coast Medical Center VP of operations/chief physician executive, explaining the short- and long-term use of these additional beds.
Triage Tents Erected at Convenient Care – Page Field and Pine Island Road
Additional tents have been erected at Convenient Care – Page Field and Pine Island Road. These tents will be used to help with triaging and cohorting patients with COVID-19 symptoms.









Florida Department of Health (Updated 4-2-2020 at 7:30 pm)

~8,694 positive cases in Florida residents and 314 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 will be updated twice daily. Today, as of 6 p.m., there are 9,008 total** Florida cases.

While Florida’s testing has increased over the past week, the percent of those testing positive for COVID-19 overall is 11 percent. Of the 9,198 tests performed on April 1, there were 1,199 positive results, or 13 percent.

Sixteen people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Collier, Dade, Duval, Osceola, Palm Beach, Sarasota, St. Lucie and Sumter counties.

New Florida cases include:

  • 998 additional positive COVID-19 cases (977 Florida residents and 21 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
  • There are currently 8,694 positive cases in Florida residents and 314 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 4/2/2020)

Globally 895,450 confirmed (72,839)
45,525 deaths (4,923)
Western Pacific Region 107,626 confirmed (1,204)
3,723 deaths (22)
European Region 505,006 confirmed (38,809)
33,604 deaths (3,515)
South-East Asia Region 5,324 confirmed (149)
216 deaths (21)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 58,168 confirmed (3,887)
3,279 deaths (164)
Region of the Americas 216,912 confirmed (28161)
4,565 deaths (1165)
African Region 4,702 confirmed (629)
127 deaths (36)

No new countries/territories/areas reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24



WHO has released a Medical Product Alert that warns consumers, healthcare

professionals, and health authorities against a growing number of falsified

medical products that claim to prevent, detect, treat or cure COVID-19. Find

more here.


WHO is working with Iraq to increase surveillance and response capacities.

WHO has printed hundreds of thousands of prevention and transmission

control messages, taken mobile health teams to the streets, and delivered

urgent consignments of personal protective equipment (PPE) and laboratory

test kits. More information can be found here.


WHO has been working with governments and partners around the world,

across many areas of activity: conducting needs assessments, providing hand

sanitizers and masks for health professionals, providing training on the clinical

management of patients with COVID-19, collaborating with local media

outlets and conducting awareness raising activities, delivering test kits,

conducting simulation exercises, and shipping personal protective equipment

through WHO logistical hubs. As an example, WHO EURO has released a photo

story of WHO’s activities in Kyrgyzstan, available here.


Our understanding of the transmission of COVID-19 virus continues to

improve with the evolution of the outbreak. For more, see ‘Subject in Focus’