26 COVID-19 patients in Lee Health hospitals Tuesday, fewest since March 2020 – Wink News


Lee Health is reporting it has 26 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals on Tuesday morning, the lowest number since March 30, 2020. One person died on Monday.

“Lee Health is currently caring for 26 COVID-19 patients, which is the fewest number of COVID[-19] patients we’ve had in our hospitals since the earliest days of the pandemic,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci, Lee Health president and CEO, in a press release. “Unfortunately, as the number of cases has dropped, so has demand for the vaccine. We are glad to be past the delta surge, but need to keep monitoring for other variants that may occur. In the meantime, continue to wear masks, social distance when appropriate and get vaccinated. It is our best defense against COVID-19.”

  • As of Tuesday morning, there are 26 COVID-19 patients isolated in Lee Health hospitals (inpatient).
  • Of those patients, two of them are children being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
  • On Monday, there were four new COVID-19 hospital admissions and three COVID-19 discharges.
  • 75% of ventilators and 14% of ICU rooms are available for use. There is one COVID-19 patient on a ventilator and five in the intensive care unit.
  • On Tuesday morning, census was at 92% of staffed operational bed capacity.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, 1,209 COVID-19 patients have died in Lee Health hospitals, including one over the weekend.

Lee Health offers COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 12 and older at its Community Vaccination Clinic, located inside Gulf Coast Medical Center. It’s open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and there is no cost for the vaccine. Anyone can make an appointment online by visiting www.leehealth.org.