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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for Volunteers

March 16, 2020

Dear Lee Health Volunteers,

Starting March 17, and for the next 30 days, Lee Health is temporarily suspending the Volunteer Program at every facility throughout our health system. 

While we appreciate your support and your assistance in our daily operations, the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, and we must do all we can to enable and encourage the social distancing that will help slow the spread of the virus. We are making this decision with your safety in mind, as well as the safety of our employees and our community at large. We will reevaluate the situation in 30 days to determine whether we can resume the program at that point, and we will alert you. 

As we all navigate this situation, Lee Health is providing regular updates on our website. Visit our Public Health page to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in our community.

Take care of yourselves; follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We appreciate you and your dedication to serving our community as a Lee Health volunteer and look forward to seeing back with us soon!

Sincerely,

Susan Crowe
Director, Auxiliary, Guest Services & Volunteer Resources
Gulf Coast Medical Center & Lee Health Coconut Point
239-343-0636

Teresa Frank-Fahrner
Director, Volunteer Resources, Arts in Healthcare
Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital
239-343-5055

Jeri Grimes
Director, Cape Coral Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteer Resources
239-424-2206


March 10, 2020

Dear Lee Health Volunteers,

The news of coronavirus, or COVID-19, in our community, has sparked a lot of questions and heightened fears and concerns. We understand. As a valued member of our team, we want to allay your fears and update you on the processes and guidelines for volunteering at Lee Health.

As of this morning, Lee Health has sent 17 specimens for testing. We have one patient in the hospital, one patient has died, 7 of the specimens were negative and 8 are pending. We are limiting visitation to our facilities and screening all visitors before they enter any location throughout the health system. To ensure your safety and that of our patients, their families, our staff and the community, we are asking these same questions of you:

  1. Have you traveled outside of the United States in the last 14 days, including a cruise to any destination?
  2. Have you experienced any respiratory symptoms such as congestion, cough, sore throat or fever in the last 72 hours?
  3. Have you had any contact with someone who has recently been tested for novel coronavirus or is under investigation for novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, we ask that you refrain from volunteering for at least 14 days. If you develop symptoms within that timeframe, please consult your health care provider. Also, please alert your volunteer office of your status and time off.

If you have traveled internationally or been on a cruise and begin to experience respiratory or flu-like symptoms, or if you think you may have COVID-19, please contact the county health department and consult a health care provider as soon as possible. Call ahead and tell them before you visit that you think you might have COVID-19 so they can take precautions to prevent exposing others.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the early information out of China where COVID-19 first started, shows that some people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, including:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease

If you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 because of your age or a serious long-term health condition, you must be extra vigilant in taking action to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. With that said, we understand if you wish to take a leave of absence from your volunteer position. Please contact your volunteer office to let them know of your decision to take a leave of absence.

Lee Health is following every procedure and guideline from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to keep our patients, their families, our staff and volunteers, and the community safe. The health system is sending out daily updates, which we will forward to you so you can stay abreast of the news. You can also visit www.LeeHealth.org/public-health, which is updated regularly and provides additional information and resources about COVID-19.

We appreciate you and your dedication to serving our community as a Lee Health volunteer.

Sincerely,

Susan Crowe
Director, Auxiliary, Guest Services & Volunteer Resources
Gulf Coast Medical Center & Lee Health Coconut Point
239-343-0636

Teresa Frank-Fahrner
Director, Volunteer Resources, Arts in Healthcare
Lee Memorial Hospital, HealthPark Medical Center, Golisano Children’s Hospital
239-343-5055

Jeri Grimes
Director, Cape Coral Hospital Auxiliary and Volunteer Resources
239-424-2206