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Lee Health ends COVID-19 data releases

By NATHAN MAYBERG - | Jun 29, 2021

In a message sent out Friday to local media, Lee Health announced it will no longer be issuing updates on COVID-19 hospitalizations at its facilities in Lee County.

The final update provided Friday by the health care organization documented 33 COVID-19 patients isolated at its hospitals in Lee County and a total of 6,491 COVID-19 patients discharged since the beginning of the pandemic.

The number of patients with COVID-19 is a sharp decline from figures seen in May when there were more than 100 patients with COVID-19 at Lee Health hospitals.

At least 1,032 deaths were attributed to COVID-19 in Lee County since the pandemic began last year. Statewide, there have been approximately 37,000 deaths attributed to the coronavirus.

The Florida Department of Health has stopped releasing case line data regarding deaths from COVID-19. There have been more than 73,000 COVID-19 cases in Lee County since the pandemic began.

The Florida Department of Health has switched to a weekly report which showed that 383,889 Lee County residents have received the vaccine for the coronavirus. That is approximately half of the estimated population for Lee County. Statewide, 10.8 million Floridians have been vaccinated for COVID-19, or approximately half of the state’s estimated population of around 21 million.

More than 2.3 million Floridians were diagnosed with COVID-19 since last year. The number of new cases has slowed in recent weeks with increasing rates of vaccination. There were 11,873 new cases statewide last week, which is about half the number of new cases being reported weekly a month ago.