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As nation marks grim COVID-19 milestone, Lee Health reports hike in patients

A grim milestone was reached this week. According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics on Monday, more than one million individuals throughout the United States have passed away from COVID-19 since the pandemic began more ...

Lee County remains ‘high’ risk area for COVID transmission

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Friday updated its policies on wearing masks in correlation to the transmission level of COVID-19 in counties throughout the United States. As of the last update by the CDC on Feb.24, Lee County is designated as a “high” risk for ...

Lee Health to allow visits to patients with COVID-19

With the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 continuing to fall at its hospitals, Lee Health announced that it will allow the visiting of patients who are positive with COVID-19. There were 112 patients with the coronavirus isolated at Lee Health hospitals on Monday morning, down from ...

Lee Health resumes some elective surgeries

Lee Health announced on Monday they are once again partially resuming elective surgeries that require an overnight hospital stay. Surgeries that could be safely postponed were put on hold in the first week of January due to the Omicron surge and high hospital census across the health system. ...

Lee residents have various COVID testing options

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners is reminding residents of available COVID-19 testing options, including new expanded hours and weekends at the local Florida Department of Health site. FDOH-Lee’s expansion comes as the Lee County Sports Complex testing site is phased out ...

Lee Health: Stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations

Lee Health officials on Monday said in Lee County, roughly 64% of vaccine-eligible individuals are fully vaccinated while 24.7% are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. Lee Health officials in an email on Monday encouraged the general public to stay up to date on their COVID vaccines. ...

COVID, ‘season,’ drive hospitals past capacity

Lee Health officials on Thursday detailed struggles the health care system currently is facing when it comes to capacity levels. As of Thursday morning, Lee Health hospitals were filled to 108% of staffed operational bed capacity when including those in the emergency department waiting ...

Lee Health: COVID cases hit apparent plateau

Lee Health officials are reporting a “plateau” and not a decline of COVID-19 patients in their hospitals. Officials said the number of hospitalized patients is hovering between 250-280 patients per day. “Lee Health is not experiencing a steep decline in COVID patients as has happened ...

Lee Health reports decline in number of patients being treated for COVID-19

Could the current surge of the COVID-19 omicron variant have hit its peak in Southwest Florida? Lee Health officials on Monday said the region “may have reached the plateau” of the rise in COVID-19 patients the healthcare system has seen over the last month. “Over the last week, ...