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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, ...

Lee Health: 39 COVID deaths in 19 days

Lee Health officials on Wednesday said 39 individuals have died due to COVID-19 in the first 19 days of 2022, including nine on Monday and Tuesday. “While the omicron variant of the coronavirus generally causes less severe infection in the average adult, it is having an acute effect on ...

Website to order free COVID at-home tests launches

Free at-home COVID test kits may now be ordered on a new federal website. As part of a program announced by the Biden Administration, rapid tests may be ordered at covidtests.gov. One request, which will provide four free tests, may be made per address. The tests will be mailed. "Every home ...

Lee Health: 30 COVID deaths in 16 days

Lee Health officials on Monday reported that since the first of the year, 30 patients in their hospitals have lost their lives due to COVID-19, including two on Sunday. Lee Health said since the start of the pandemic, 1,292 patients have died from COVID-19 in their facilities. “While ...

COVID hospitalizations top 300; first time in more than 3 months

Lee Health reported on Wednesday that for the first time in over three months, the health system in caring for more than 300 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals. As of Thursday morning, Lee Health reported they had 321 COVID-19 patients isolated in their inpatient hospitals. Lee Health ...

Lee Health: COVID wave has not yet hit peak

Lee Health officials on Tuesday said the new surge in COVID-19 cases and Omicron variant is causing significant challenges and changing the way the health system operates.   Lee Health President and CEO, Dr. Larry Antonucci, alongside Chief Officer of Hospital Operations and Women and ...