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Lee Health officials ask commission for countywide mask mandate

Members of the Lee Health Facility Medical Executive Committee last Friday sent a letter to Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Brian Hamman, requesting a countywide mask mandate “in public places and inside businesses where social distancing is not always feasible.” The letter ...

Health Department to work with school district on COVID-19 contact tracing

The Florida Department of Health provided a special presentation to the school board Monday regarding contact tracing of COVID-19 and how both entities can work together once school resumes. Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins said the Florida Department of Health has been wonderful through the ...

Free COVID testing in the South Cape draws long line

Residents from Cape Coral and elsewhere didn't care how long it would take, as long as they were able to receive free testing for COVID-19 this past weekend.Cars lined up around the block for testing for the new coronavirus Sunday as the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, in ...

Lee Health: In-patient numbers dip

Local health officials on Friday shared some good news when it comes to COVID-19 in the community.Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci announced that "while it may be too soon to call it a trend," Lee Health has discharged more COVID-19 patients than have been admitted over the last ...

COVID-19 test result times a source of frustration

Turns out it's not just those with long wait times for COVID-19 test results that are frustrated, it's the hospital system, too.On Thursday, Lee Health officials voiced their displeasure when it comes to long turn around times for COVID-19 testing, saying some tests have taken up to two weeks ...

Free COVID-19 testing available Sunday at Chester Street Resource Center

This Sunday, up to 500 Cape Coral residents over the age of 18 can be tested for COVID-19 at the Chester Street Resource Center without fee or appointment.These 500 free tests come via a partnership between the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, the city of Cape Coal and the Cape Coral ...

Lee Health hospitals at 100% of current staffed operational capacity

Lee Health hospitals as of Tuesday afternoon are at 100% of current staffed operational capacity. According to Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci, staffed operational capacity "reflects the number of beds for which we have adequate staffing, not the total number of beds in our ...

Florida COVID-19 cases increase by more than 10,000 again

By the NumbersAs of 11 a.m. Monday, there are 360,394 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 10,347 since FDOH's last update Sunday morning.More than 78,900 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Sunday, July 19. Of those reported tests, 14.74 ...

Lee Health: Numbers are being accurately reported

Lee Health has begun releasing daily numbers on positivity tests, admissions and discharges after Chief Operating Officer Dr. Scott Nygaard said there were false reports that some of its hospitals had a 100% positivity rate."I want to take this opportunity to provide an update and more clarity ...

As coronavirus cases surge, Lee Health responds to tough environment

Florida experienced one of its most deadly reporting days for COVID-19 on July 14 when 132 new deaths tied to the coronavirus were reported statewide.Florida cases of COVID-19 reached a new one-day national record with 15,300 new positives reported on July 11. As of July 14, the total number of ...