(Updated 6/5/2020 at 12:00 pm)

Today’s Stats

Lee Health has:

  • 123 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospital
  • Submitted 18,707 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 555 patients since the start of the pandemic
  • 158 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

The word “unprecedented” has been used so much during the COVID-19 pandemic; for good reason, though. So much about the way we have had to respond to this public health crisis had never happened before.

Lee Health, for example, had never had to restrict visitors to our facilities. But, we did so we could protect our patients and staff, and we appreciate the support and understanding of our community. We also are extremely grateful for our clinical teams who stepped in to provide the emotional and psychological care our patients needed. We recognize that we cannot replace the comfort provided by a loved one, but we do know that our teams did their part to show our patients extra kindness, compassion, and support when their families and friends were unable to visit. Our exceptional teams have worked hard every day and night to meet the clinical and emotional needs of our patients.

Visits from loved ones are important in our patients’ recovery, and we are happy to begin safely incorporating visitation back into our facilities. Starting Monday, June 8, we are pleased to be able to welcome visitors back to our facilities. We are proceeding cautiously and there will be limited hours (10 a.m.-noon, and 4-6 p.m. in the hospital facilities) and age restrictions (no visitors younger than 12), as well as screening and safety precautions. Click here for all of the specifics about the updated visitation guidelines.

Thank you again for all of your support and understanding as we faced, and continue to face, this novel coronavirus and all of the unprecedented implications of it


Remember to Protect Yourself and Others

As our state moves into the second phase of reopening today, it is important to remember to protect yourself and others as we continue our fight to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Everyone is encouraged to follow appropriate physical distancing and safety protocols issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as frequently washing your hands, avoiding close contact and wearing face coverings when around others. For more information and recommendations on how to protect yourself and our community, click here.

Are You a COVID-19 Survivor?

Lee Health has discharged more than 550 patients who have recovered from COVID-19. Was that you or someone you know? We want to share uplifting, positive stories. Please share your story by emailing us at ExceptionalLee@LeeHealth.org.


Join Us in the Kitchen for a Virtual Kids Cooking Camp
We are excited to announce a fun lineup of virtual cooking classes for children of all ages. In this four-week virtual series, parents and aspiring chefs will learn new skills, share a few laughs and make delicious meals! Each week will feature a new recipe for culinary skill-building and development with a focus on healthy ingredients. For questions and to receive instructions on how to join the classes, call 468-0050 or email HealthyLifeCenter@LeeHealth.Org. Bon appétit!


Thank you, Sanibel Shells

Sanibel Shells, a local Facebook group, gifted beautiful, hand-painted seashells with thank you messages for our health care heroes.