(Updated 7/17/2020 at 5:00 pm)

Today’s Stats

As of today, Lee Health has:

  • 317 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 37,476 specimens for testing
  • Discharged 1,494 patients since the start of the pandemic
  • 404 employees quarantined (due to travel, community exposure and screening); 43 exposed at work and positive for COVID-19
  • Currently 64% of our ventilators and 9% of our ICU rooms are available for use
  • Current census is at 98.3% of staffed operational bed capacity, with 24.8% of those being COVID-19 patients.
  • Yesterday, we had a 26.1% positivity rate on COVID-19 tests processed through Lee Health Labs. This represents Lee Health only, and not Lee County as a whole.
  • Click here for graphs showing a running total of specimens collected for testing and positive cases hospitalized.

Today’s News

Mask Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts When You’re Out In Public
Along with keeping distance from others and practicing proper hand hygiene, there is increasing evidence that wearing masks or cloth face coverings in public settings helps slow COVID-19. Since the virus can be spread by respiratory droplets and asymptomatic carriers, properly wearing a mask or face covering can help protect you and those around you from getting sick.

As more cases continue to rise and large retailers are requiring customers to wear a mask or face covering to shop in their stores, it’s important to know how to properly wear a mask and to keep it clean. Click here to read more information and tips about mask etiquette and care.

Don’t forget to show us your masked selfies with this selfie sign and using the hashtags #WearAMaskSouthwest Florida #WearAMaskSWFL on social media. You can also share your picture with us through www.LeeHealthStrong.org


Donate Blood in Honor of Fort Myers Police Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller

Lee Health is joining forces with the Fort Myers Police Department to host the 2nd annual Jobbers-Miller Blood Drive, in honor of fallen FMPD Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller. Lee Memorial Hospital will kick-off the three-day event with a flag-raising ceremony followed by the blood drive from 9 a.m-3 p.m., Tuesday, July 21, and Wednesday, July 22. On Thursday, July 23, the blood drive will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Fort Myers Police Department.


All blood donors will receive an Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller t-shirt in memory of his brave service to our community.


Learn More About COVID-19 and its Impact on Children in Our Next Virtual Town Hall

Join us on Facebook Live for a virtual town hall meeting addressing COVID-19 and its impact on children at 2 p.m., Wednesday, July 22. Hear from a panel of Golisano Children’s Hospital leaders, including Armando Llechu, MBA, chief administrative officer, Emad Salman, M.D., pediatric hematology oncologist, Stephanie Stovall, M.D., medical director of quality and safety and Alyssa Bostwick, MBA, MSN, RN, program development coordinator. Along with sharing how to keep children safe during the pandemic, our leaders will answer questions from the audience. For more information and to watch the town hall, click here.


Save the Date! Facts, Not Fear, a Lee Health Virtual Town Hall Meeting Next Month

Mark your calendar for the “Facts, Not Fear” virtual town hall at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 5. This Facebook Live will be interactive and give the community a chance to have their questions answered by Lee Health leaders. Stay tuned for more information on this town hall in our upcoming community updates.