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President's Message

July 1, 2020

I Wear a Mask Because...

Larry Antonucci portrait

I wear a mask to protect those who are most vulnerable in our community, and I want to do all I can to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and safeguard our health care resources.

With the cases of COVID-19 rising in our community, it is more important than ever for all of us to do our part to slow the spread of the virus by wearing masks, keeping a safe distance from others as much as possible and practicing good hand hygiene.

The evidence is clear: Masks help slow the spread of the virus. So it is in our control to protect ourselves, our families, friends and neighbors. The threat of the virus is as real as it has ever been.

While some in our community are urging our local leaders to mandate masking in Lee County, many others have become complacent and are not following the guidelines with the care they were earlier in our fight against COVID-19. At this point, mandatory masking doesn’t seem to be the route our community will take, so for us at Lee Health, we believe the onus is on us to educate and inspire.

We want to show and tell our community that we are wearing our masks—at work and while out in public—and why we’re wearing them. We invite you to join us, too and share your masked selfies with us on social media using the hashtags #WearAMaskSouthwest Florida #WearAMaskSWFL. You can also snap a picture and share it with us through

It is our honor to serve our community as the preeminent health care provider and we take our role as ambassadors for health, safety and well-being seriously. The fight against COVID-19 isn’t over and it is going to take all of us working together, following the guidelines to protect ourselves and our community.

Yours in Health,

Larry Antonucci, M.D., MBA

President & CEO, Lee Health

Thank you for your support. Together we are Caring People. Inspiring Health.