Daily Stats (updated 5/1/2020 at 5:30 pm)
Lee Health has:
- 87 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
- Submitted 10,718 specimens for testing
- Discharged 213 patients
- 163 employees quarantined; 24 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.
A Message from Dr. Larry Antonucci
As a community, we are approaching the two-month mark since COVID-19 made its first appearance in Southwest Florida. During this time, there have been and continue to be many challenges to our local economy, especially as restaurants, retail stores and businesses have had to close or significantly reduce their operations. Yet, on any given day, we receive around 30 calls from different local businesses that want to show their support for our teams on the frontlines. Just yesterday, Lee Health received 2,000 donated meals. These donations, this support and encouragement, and the way our local businesses have stepped up to help us during this time are truly awe-inspiring.
Now, as our local restaurants and businesses begin reopening, we hope that our friends, families and neighbors will support these establishment – in a social distancing way, of course. Visit www.LeeHealthStrong.org/donations to see a list of businesses that have generously donated time, energy, goods and resources throughout the COVID-19 outbreak.
We appreciate Southwest Florida’s continued support of Lee Health. We are your health system and have been for more than 100 years. It is our honor and privilege to safely and compassionately serve you and care for you today and for many years to come.
Phase One: Resuming Elective Surgeries and Reopening Facilities
Starting next week, Lee Health is resuming elective surgeries and reopening facilities. We are proceeding cautiously, and with surgeries, in particular, will limit procedures to 20-25% of normal volume as we monitor the impact on the health system. This measured approach is necessary and helps us ensure we have the personal protective equipment we need to keep our patients and employees safe.
Safety is paramount, and we have been preparing for the resumption of services by implementing additional layers of protection for our patients and staff. For example, every patient will be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness upon entering our facilities. We will be monitoring the health and exposure of our staff, as well. Additionally, all patients and staff will be required to wear protective face coverings. In our waiting areas, we are rearranging seating so that all chairs are positioned a safe distance from each other, and in our Lee Physician Group practice, patients have the option of waiting in their cars after check-in. We also will continue to keep COVID-19 patients, and those with symptoms of the virus, separate from all other patients.
To protect our most vulnerable patients, we will continue the current hospital and nursing home visitor restrictions, and our staff will continue utilizing technology to enable patients to connect with their loved ones.
Help Save Lives by Donating Blood
Lee Health Blood Center, along with the Florida Everblades, is hosting a mobile blood drive from 2-6 p.m., Saturday, May 8, at Hertz Arena. Having a well-stocked inventory of blood is crucial for our community, as blood helps patients heal from surgeries, diseases and traumatic injuries. The blood collection process is safe; we follow strict protocols to ensure the safety of the products, donors and staff. All donors will receive a “thank you” gift and a wellness checkup, including blood pressure, temperature, iron count and cholesterol screening.
Convenient Care – Metro Parkway Launches Virtual Visits
Convenient Care – Metro Parkway is offering virtual visits starting on Monday, May 4. The virtual visits will be available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be accessed through MyChart (for current patients with access) and Lee Telehealth (visit www.LeeHealth.org/our-services/telemedicine). Following the effective operation of virtual visits at the Metro location, the other offices will begin offering them, as well. More information about the implementation of virtual visits at our other Convenient Care locations will be shared as it is available.
A Note Regarding this COVID-19 Update
There will not be an update sent out this weekend. Look for the next COVID-19 Update to come out on Monday, May 4. Moving forward, this newsletter will be distributed Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
World Health Organization Update
SITUATION IN NUMBERS total (new) cases in last 24 hours
(last updated 10:00 AM CET 5/1/2020)
224 172 deaths (6403)
6127 deaths (33)
138 200 deaths (2239)
2174 deaths (86)
7598 deaths (151)
69 087 deaths (3859)
973 deaths (35)
- Two new Member States(Comoros and Tajikistan) reported cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
- The third meeting of the Emergency Committee was convened by the WHO Director-General under the
International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) regarding COVID-19.
- The WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr. Hans Henri P. Kluge mentioned that “we will defeat COVID19 by disseminating knowledge in all transparency, by personalized support in the field and by unfailing solidarity”. In another statement, he emphasized that “we cannot allow the impact of COVID19 to be amplified by neglecting other vital health protection measures”.
- The WHO Regional Office for the Americas urged health authorities to take specific steps to protect
health care workers and communities during essential immunization activities throughout the COVID19 pandemic.
- WHO virtually convened vaccine manufacturers and national regulatory authorities from its SouthEast Asia Region to discuss COVID-19 vaccines.
In the Subject in Focus below, we describe WHO’s work to ensure that shipping and seafarers can
continue to deliver vital goods, including medical supplies and food during the COVID-19 pandemic
Subject in focus
- Partnership coordination to facilitate ship movements during COVID-19, including the issuance of Ship
- On April 22, 2020 the Directors-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the
International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Secretary-General of the International Maritime
Organization (IMO) issued a joint statement on medical certificates of seafarers, ship sanitation
certificates and medical care of seafarers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. WHO, IMO
and the ILO, in cooperation with international seafarers’ and ship-owners’ organizations, are
working together to ensure the ability of shipping and seafarers to continue to deliver vital goods,
including medical supplies and food.
- In the statement, the three organizations strongly encourage governments to facilitate ship
movements, including docking, crew changes, ship inspection and the issuance of Ship Sanitation
Certificates (SSCs) during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Under the framework of the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005), State Parties are
required to authorize ports to conduct ship inspections and issue Ship Sanitation Certificates, as
well as to provide the services referred to in Annex 1 of the IHR, which expands on an important set
of core capacities for points of entry. The scope of the application of SSCs is delineated in the WHO
Handbook for inspection of ships and