COVID-19 Update: May 6, 2020Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates
Lee Health has:
- 99 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals
- Submitted 11,856 specimens for testing
- Discharged 276 patients
- 209 employees quarantined; 28 employees exposed at work and positive with COVID-19
- Click here for graphs showing a running total of specimens collected for testing and positive cases hospitalized.
A Message from Dr. Larry Antonucci
I would like to wish a very happy Nurses Week to our ExceptionalLee nurses! To all of our nurses, thank you for dedicating your career and life to caring for others. Thank you also for persevering, and for rising above the hard days, the fear, anxieties, exhaustion; and for making difficult sacrifices and decisions throughout our fight against COVID-19. You have stepped up in service to others in ways not everyone could, and you have shown remarkable strength and courage.
Celebrate Lee Health Nurses during National Nurses Week
National Nurses Week begins today and we proudly recognize our nurses who care for our community. Lisa Sgarlata, chief patient care officer & chief nurse executive, shared this sentiment: “This year, more than ever, we are reminded of the selfless and heroic acts our nurses perform on a daily basis. They put themselves on the frontlines and we are grateful for the sacrifices they make to ensure our patients receive the best care possible. We cannot thank them enough for their patience, professionalism, hard work and dedication. We are a stronger community because if their commitment to excellence.”
To mark the occasion, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation acknowledging the tireless work of our nurses every day and night, year-round, and especially during this challenging time. We appreciate their recognition of our nurses.
We invite you to join the Year of the Exceptional Lee Nurse Facebook event to read and share photos and messages of gratitude for our nurses.
Always Wear a Face Mask in Public
As our community begins to slowly reopen, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that everyone wear a face mask in public settings. Handmade cloth face masks are effective and can be made from items, such as t-shirts and bandanas. The CDC provides step-by-step sew and no-sew instructions, here.
Lee Health continues to accept donations of handmade cloth face masks for our patients. If you would like to donate, please drop them off at the Lee Health Foundation at 9800 S. HealthPark Dr., Suite 406. Please call ahead at 239-343-6950 to arrange a time to drop off the masks.