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COVID-19 Update: March 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Daily Updates

Daily Stats

As of today, Lee Health has:

  • 6 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
  • Submitted 507 specimens for testing
  • We currently have 66 employees quarantined.

Today’s News

Triage Tents Outside Emergency Departments

We continue to finalize the set-up of our triage tents outside of the emergency departments and the free-standing ED at Lee Health Coconut Point. These tents, two at each location, enable us to triage and cohort patients who present with respiratory symptoms. One tent is used for triage and the other serves as a waiting room for patients with respiratory symptoms, which keeps them together and separated from others without respiratory symptoms. The tents at Lee Memorial Hospital are now operational.

Cape Coral Hospital OB Uses Technology to Introduce Families and Friends to New Babies

With tighter visitation policies in our Family Birth Suites and Mom/Baby Units, Nancy Travis, nursing director, Women’s Care Services at Cape Coral Hospital, arranged for the use of webcams to help connect families. Using the webcams, family and friends can virtually visit with the newest members of their families.

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.

SWFL Stronger Together – The Community Responds

Lee Health and NCH Healthcare System are launching the SWFL Stronger Together campaign to raise funds for critical resources, equipment and supplies needed to support our doctors and nurses. We have already seen a tremendous outpouring of support from our community. Go to for more information.