(Updated 5/29/2020 at 12:00 pm)

Today’s Stats

Lee Health has:

  • 107 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 17,046 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 511 patients
  • 197 employees quarantined; 14 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

Thank you to our Lee Health Board of Directors for taking the time to recognize the exceptional work of our teams throughout our health system during their monthly meeting yesterday. These past few months have brought new and unprecedented challenges, new guidance and guidelines for the way we deliver care and live our lives. Even still, amid all the stress and pressure, our team persevered and continues to show tremendous resolve and commitment to delivering safe, high-quality, exceptional care every day and night. It meant so much to hear the appreciation from our Board, and we are grateful for their recognition of our health care heroes. It is an honor and privilege to serve our community alongside our Lee Health team. I echo the sentiments of our Board of Directors and celebrate the strength, resilience and bravery of our health care heroes across Lee Health.


Join Us for a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Facebook
Join us on Facebook Live for a Virtual Town Hall Meeting at 3 p.m., Thursday, June 4. We have assembled a panel of Lee Health leaders, including Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA, Lee Health president & CEO; K. Alex Daneshmand, D.O., MBA, chief quality and patient safety officer; Lisa Sgarlata, DNP, chief patient care officer & chief nurse executive; and Bill Hearn, D.O., physician leadership council chairman. Lee Health Board of Directors Chairman David Collins will moderate the discussion as our leaders answer questions and share more about Lee Health’s response to COVID-19 and the safe reopening of health care services. Click here for more information and to reserve your spot.


Be Ready for Hurricane Season
Monday, June 1, is the official start of hurricane season. These simple preparations can make a big difference for your health during a hurricane:

  • Make sure you get refills of your prescription medications ahead of the storm, as well as other essential supplies like oxygen. If your medications require refrigeration, get enough ice to keep them cool for several days.
  • Stock up and save on hurricane supplies, such as flashlights, radios and batteries, during the state’s sales tax holiday which runs until June 4.
  • Make an evacuation plan in case you are forced from your home.
  • If you have a generator at home, make sure you know how to properly use it—they are a leading cause of injury and death following a storm.

Remember that Lee Health hospitals are not hurricane shelters. If you require specialty care, such as breathing treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sign up ahead of time for one of Lee County’s special needs shelters. Visit www.leegov.com/publicsafety/emergencymanagement for more information about how to register.


Village of Estero Issues Proclamation for Lee Health Health Care Heroes
On May 27, the Village of Estero presented this proclamation to Lee Health President & CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci. The proclamation recognizes the exceptional care our Lee Health teams provided during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Click here to see pictures of Dr. Antonucci receiving the honor and Lee Health Coconut Point Vice President Alex Greenwood proudly posing with the proclamation, which will be on display at Lee Health Coconut Point.

Healthy Life Center June Classes are Available!
The Healthy Life Center June virtual class schedule is out!  Join us for free classes, support group meetings, meditation, chair yoga and more. All June classes are being offered as free resources and will be held virtually through WebEx, which can be accessed via your computer, smartphone or tablet. Sign up by calling 468-0050 or emailing HealthyLifeCenter@LeeHealth.org.

Let’s Make SWFL Safer Together
In March, Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System launched the SWFL Stronger Together campaign to raise funds to provide critical resources, equipment and supplies to support our medical teams.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our community, we are limiting the spread and transitioning to the next phase of caring for our region with the SWFL Safer Together campaign. This initiative encourages our community to continue practicing safety precautions, as well as return to normal health practices and routine check-ups.

For more information or to make an online donation to SWFL Safer Together, visit www.SWFLtogether.org.

A Note for Next Week
Moving forward, this newsletter will be distributed on Fridays. Look for the next COVID-19 Update to come out on Friday, June 5.