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Daily Stats  (updated 5/4/2020 at 5:30 pm)

Today’s Stats

Lee Health has:

  • 100 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 11,393 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 250 patients
  • 173 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.


Today’s News

A Message from Dr. Larry Antonucci

Today marks a new beginning for our community as we resume elective surgical procedures and reintroduce more in-person medical appointments at Lee Health, and as restaurants and retailers reopen. We anticipate that it will be about 10-14 days before we know if the virus has started to spread more quickly with the loosening of stay-at-home restrictions. So, while we are excited about steps toward recovery, there are still unknowns. Even still, there are a few things we do know: Lee Health is ready to welcome back patients and will do so with additional safety precautions; we are ready to be nimble and flexible in the reopening process to ensure the absolute safety of our staff, patients and community. We also recognize that the coronavirus is going to be with us for the foreseeable future, so reopening does not mean a return to normal and cannot lead to complacency. We all must continue protecting ourselves and each other with physical distancing, wearing masks or face coverings when in public, and continuing to practice good hand hygiene.


Show Your Support for Lee Health Nurses
Wednesday, May 6 is National Nurses Day and kicks off National Nurses Week 2020. This year’s theme is “Year of the Nurse,” in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. This celebration, and Nurses Week, in particular, is meant to put the spotlight on the contributions nurses make to hospitals, health care systems and clinics around the world. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen even more the critical value of nurses, and trust in nurses has risen even more during this challenging and uncertain time.


Join us this week as we celebrate our Lee Health nurses. Share photos and messages of appreciation for our nurses on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using #YearOfTheExceptionalLeeNurse.


Eating Well for Mental Health; Join Us for Mental Health Monday
Today’s Kids’ Minds Matter Facebook Live features Jose Colon, M.D., adult and pediatric sleep medicine specialist. In “Kids in the Kitchen: The Benefits of Healthy Cooking on Physical and Mental Health,” Dr. Colon will discuss how food and mood are interrelated.  He also will explain phytonutrients, which are found in vegetables and fruits, and he will share how getting children involved in the kitchen can increase their consumption of healthy food. Tune in today at 6 p.m., here.

A Reminder About this COVID-19 Update
This week, this COVID-19 Update will be distributed today, Wednesday and Friday.










Florida Department of Health (Updated 5/4/2020 at 1:30 pm)
~35,969 positive cases in Florida residents and 928 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.
More than 17,400 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Sunday, May 3. Today, as of 11 a.m., there are 819 new positive COVID-19 cases (811 Florida residents and 8 non-Florida residents) and twenty 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 8 percent. On May 3, 5 percent of new cases** tested positive.
The Florida Department of Health also releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases with active cases and number of deaths 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. The list of long-term care facilities with deaths in available here. To date, 497 individuals that were staff or residents of a long-term care facility have died.
There are a total of 36,897 Florida cases** with 1,399 deaths related to COVID-19.
Since 11 a.m. on May 3, twenty people have died who tested positive for COVID-19 in Broward, Collier, Dade, Duval, Hillsborough, Lee, Leon, Pinellas, St. Lucie and Walton 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. This daily report 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 5/4/2020)

Globally 3 435 894 cases (86 108)
239 604 deaths (976)
Western Pacific Region 152 773 cases (1329)
6258 deaths (29)
European Region 1 544 145 cases (25250)
143 987 deaths (1320)
South-East Asia Region 67 673 cases (3626)
2463 deaths (88)
Eastern Mediterranean Region 206 299 cases (5690)
7971 deaths (100)
Region of the Americas 1 433 756 cases (49115)
77 827 deaths (-582)
African Region 30 536 cases (1098)
1085 deaths (21)
  • WHO has delivered additional medicines to the Islamic Republic of Iran as part of the Solidarity Trial, a global effort to find an effective treatment for COVID-19. Find more on this here.
  • Polio disease surveillance teams are reaching into the most far-flung places of the globe to address the COVID-19 pandemic. An article on polio teams working in Somalia is available here.
  • An update of WHO partner coordination is today’s ‘Subject in Focus’ below.