On Monday, Lee Health reported a record 629 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, 8 of them are under 18. Since Friday, there were 226 new COVID-19 admissions and 175 discharges. Since Friday 22 more people have died from the virus here in Lee County. Lee Health also opened a new testing site.
Lee Health has contracted with Curative to operate a COVID-19 testing site at its Lee Convenient Care clinic at 4771 S Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers.On Monday, a four lane drive thru opened at the site to help meet the demand for testing as COVID surges in our community. Appointments can be booked at www.curative.com.
Lee Health officials say “getting vaccinated is the best defense we have against the coronavirus.” Due to the increased demand for the COVID-19 vaccine, Lee Health also announced on Monday that it’s expanding its vaccination clinic’s hours of operation. Beginning this week, Lee Health’s Community Vaccination Clinic, which is located at Gulf Coast Medical Center, will now be open on Wednesdays, along with Tuesdays and Fridays, from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Since the start of the pandemic, Lee Health reports 841 patients died from COVID-19, including 22 since Friday.