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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 ...

Lee Health suspending certain elective procedures

Lee Health announced today it is temporarily suspending certain elective procedures “due to a high census across all Lee Health Hospitals.” In an email, officials said procedures that require an overnight stay that can be postponed without causing patient harm are being rescheduled or ...

COVID queries clogging Lee Health emergency rooms

Lee Health continues to report what they call a “sharp increase” in COVID-19 patients and emergency department visits. Lee Health officials on Thursday said that young adults could utilize the services at Golisano Children’s Hospital which, in turn, could ease the burden on the rest of ...

Lee Health reinstates free urgent care telehealth due to Omicron surge

Due to the recent Omicron surge in COVID-19 cases throughout Southwest Florida, Lee Health is once again offering free urgent care telehealth visits through Lee TeleHealth. Lee Health is making this service free for community members so they can utilize urgent care telehealth services from ...

COVID cases on the climb

By CJ HADDAD cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com Lee Health announced on Thursday it is once again reporting daily COVID-19 numbers in the community, as the number of patients hospitalized with the virus has increased 55% this week alone. “Studies show that booster shots are effective in ...