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COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Updates

Daily Stats

As of today, Lee Health has:

  • 2 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 147 specimens for testing
    • With the introduction of community collection sites where results will be directed to the ordering physician, we will no longer be able to report on all pending tests. We will provide an update on positive patients in our hospitals and the number of tests Lee Health labs have sent out. The Florida Department of Health has created this dashboard, which you can bookmark for additional updates.
  • We currently have 60 employees quarantined

Today’s News

Who gets tested for COVID-19?

While mobile collection sites allow us to order more tests, physicians are still following CDC guidelines when determining who should be tested for COVID-19. Testing priority is given to those who are hospitalized, have comprised immune systems or have other underlying risk factors such as chronic illness, travel history or direct contact with a confirmed COVID-19 patient. If you think you should be tested for COVID-19, call your physician or use Lee TeleHealth. Anyone whose doctor orders a COVID-19 test will be able to have their sample collected and sent to the lab for testing.

An Update on the Mobile Collection Site

We launched our mobile collection site yesterday at the Lee Convenient Care on US 41 near Page Field in Fort Myers. This site is available for patients who have an order from their physician for COVID-19 testing and an appointment for their specimen collection. We collected 30 specimens, which have been sent out for  testing.

After seeing how efficiently the collection site ran yesterday, we were able to create an additional 16 appointment slots for today, increasing the total from 32 to 48. We also have plans in place to open additional locations as soon as later this week. We will provide an update on this as logistics are finalized.

Visitor Screening Questionnaire Extends to All Travel

Starting today, when screening visitors to our facilities, we are expanding the COVID-19 questionnaire to include all travel. If a person has traveled at all in the last 14 days, regardless of destination, they will not be able to enter our facilities.

Volunteer Program Temporarily Suspended

To mitigate the risk of community spread, we are temporarily suspending the Volunteer Program at facilities throughout Lee Health starting today. We plan to suspend the program for 30 days, at which time we will reevaluate the situation and determine whether we can resume the program at that time. We look forward to welcoming our volunteers back as soon as possible.

Healthy Life Centers Closed Temporarily

Until further notice, we have also decided to close the Healthy Life Centers. While promoting health and wellness is very important to us at Lee Health, we need to do what we can to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Blood Drives Planned for this Weekend

The American Red Cross has graciously stepped up to host two mobile blood drives in support of Lee Health. The drives will be held at 7051 Cypress Terrace, Suite 110 in Fort Myers on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday, March 22 from noon-4 p.m. Blood drives are not “mass gatherings,” rather controlled events conducted using appropriate infection control mechanisms intended to assure the safety of the products, donors and staff. Please share this information with your family, friends and neighbors.