COVID Cases Continue To Decline


The number of COVID cases at Lee Health hospital facilities has dropped under 200 and elective surgeries are resuming according to Lee Health CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci.

Antonucci said that starting Monday, Lee Health was resuming elective surgeries that require an overnight hospital stay. “We paused these surgeries on Aug. 4 for the safety of our community and to help preserve resources as we treated hundreds of patients for COVID-19. While the pandemic is still threatening our community, COVID-19 hospitalizations have reached a level where we can safely restart elective procedures. I thank all of our patients for their understanding as their non-life-threatening surgeries were temporarily delayed. The best thing our community can do to help prevent further COVID-19 surges is to get vaccinated today.”

There are now 197 COVID-19 patients at Lee Health System Hospitals, 6 are children at Golisano’s. Since Friday, 48 people were admitted for the virus while 61 were discharged. Three more people died from the virus over the weekend bringing the total in Lee County to 1,147.

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 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and there is no cost for the vaccine.”