Lee Health






Daily Stats (Updated 4/8/2020 at 5:00 pm)

As of today, Lee Health has:

  • 69 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 4,893 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 52 patients
  • 193 employees quarantined; 19 employees exposed at work and positive with COVID-19
  • Click here for graphs showing a running total of specimens sent for testing and positive cases hospitalized.


Today’s News

Proper Hand-washing Is More Effective Than Wearing Gloves

While we are happy to see everyone taking recommended precautions such as physical distancing and wearing cloth masks in public, many are also wearing gloves. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend gloves for public use as a protection against COVID-19. Glove use does not substitute hand-washing, and contamination during glove removal is common. The CDC encourages frequent and proper hand-washing, which is more effective to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


Bonita Community Health Center Urgent Care Announces New Hours of Operation
Starting Saturday, April 11, the Bonita Community Health Center Urgent Care hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


Regional Cancer Center Extending Hours To Ensure Safety of Patients and Staff

The Regional Cancer Center is extending their hours of operation to guarantee fewer patients are in the infusion room at any given time. The new hours are 7 a.m.- 7:30 p.m., Monday-Saturday. There are also additional physical distancing measures to ensure safe and effective care for our patients, and a safe working environment for our staff and physicians.

  • Anyone entering the facility will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Until further notice, visitors will not be allowed in our facilities
  • Staff who are not directly caring for patients will be working from home and performing their job functions through phone or video calls
  • Services that can be safely delayed will be rescheduled for a later date

Our Hearts, and Stomachs, are Full
The overwhelming support of our community and local restaurants means the world to our heroes on the frontline. In the past five days, 110 restaurants have donated food for our staff, and we could not be more grateful. If you or your business feel inspired to donate food for our staff, we ask that you leave the items at the front desks of our hospitals and facilities. This request helps us ensure the safety of our patients and staff, as well as you and your team members. A Lee Health staff member will pick up the items and deliver them to our health care workers and units.

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Florida Department of Health (Updated 4/8/2020 at 6:00 pm)

~15,234 positive cases in Florida residents and 464 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. We also encourage all Floridians to take the COVID-19 Community Action Survey by visiting www.StrongerThanC19.com.


Today, as of 6 p.m., there are 15,698 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 12,588 tests performed on April 7, there were 1,242 positive results, or 10 percent.


Fourteen people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Citrus, Dade, Escambia, Highlands, Manatee, Martin, Orange, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties.


New Florida cases include:

  • 242 additional positive COVID-19 cases (231 Florida residents and 11 non-Florida residents) reported to the Florida Department of Health.
  • There are currently 15,234 positive cases in Florida residents and 464 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 4/8/2020)

Globally 1 353 361 confirmed (73 639)
79 235 deaths (6695)
Western Pacific Region 114 667 confirmed (1026)
3922 deaths (30)
European Region 720 219 confirmed (33 881)
57 639 deaths (4904)
South-East Asia Region 10 707 confirmed (1575)
426 deaths (64)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 81 993 confirmed (3428)
4314 deaths (165)
Region of the Americas 417 416 confirmed (33 174)
12 597 deaths (1500)
African Region 7647 confirmed (555)
326 deaths (32)
  • One new country/territory/area reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24
    hours: Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
  • WHO has published a guidance document on the rational use of personal
    protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare and home care settings, as well as
    during the handling of cargo. The document assesses the current disruption in
    the global supply chain and outlines considerations for decision-making during
    severe shortages of PPE. For more details, please see here.
  • WHO has listed the first two diagnostic tests for emergency use during the
    COVID-19 pandemic. The move should help increase access to quality-assured,
    accurate tests for the disease. It also means that the tests can now be supplied
    by the United Nations and other procurement agencies supporting the COVID19 response. For more information, please see here.
  • WHO has published a guideline on food safety, ‘COVID-19 and Food Safety:
    Guidance for Food Businesses’. For more details, please see here.
  • The Global Health Cluster, which WHO leads, has been supporting 29 countries
    to implement the Global Humanitarian Response Plan for COVID-19. This
    includes addressing newly-emerging needs and preserving the existing
    humanitarian health actions and commitments of the Humanitarian Response
    Plans for 2020. For more information on partner coordination, please see
    ‘Subject in Focus’.