Lee Health addresses ‘strong increase’ in local COVID cases

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee Health continued to report an increase in the number of COVID-19 infections in its hospitals, prompting officials to hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon about the increase.

The press conference addressed the “strong increase in COVID-19 cases in Southwest Florida and its impact on emergency departments and Lee Health’s overall capacity,” Lee Health said in a statement. media report.


As of Tuesday morning, Lee Health is treating 284 hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Of those patients, nine of them are being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Lee Health says about 20 to 30 percent of hospitalized patients who show up for reasons other than COVID-19 then test positive. Health officials have previously said they only test people showing symptoms of COVID-19 – they don’t test every patient who comes to the hospital.

29 of the 284 patients at Lee Health with COVID-19 are in the ICU.

Lee Health’s hospital census was 93% of staff active bed capacity as of Tuesday morning.

The hospital system’s emergency departments admitted 1,063 patients on Monday. Before the Omicron surgery, Lee Health’s emergency departments received about 900 patients a day on average.

The Lee Convenience Care Center admitted 512 patients on Monday, and an average of about 360 patients before the Omicron surgery.

Lee Health is expected to reach the peak of the Omicron surge within the next few weeks. Lee Health addresses ‘strong increase’ in local COVID cases

Emma Bowman

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