Lee Health hospitals could be full by the end of the month, Antonucci says

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Lee Health CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci (Credit: WINK News)

Lee Health hospitals will be full by the end of the month, Lee Health President & CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said during a media call Friday afternoon, if we continue at this current rate.

He says they have gone from 100 coronavirus cases a day up to 300 a day.

“As we enter this holiday weekend, and we celebrate with friends and family, we must take the threat of this virus extremely seriously,” he said.

Antonucci is encouraging people to not leave their homes unless they need to and, if you do, wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands.

He says the science is clear that these actions help slow the spread of the virus and if we don’t take action, we’ll lose space in our hospitals by the end of the month.

“Three months ago, everyone joined in a shared goal of flattening the curve, which was temporarily accomplished. We stayed at home, we practiced hand hygiene and we began wearing masks. The curve is no longer flat. Instead, we have a spike in cases and the spike is growing fast,” Antonucci warned.

He says every person in Southwest Florida has the ability to help reverse the surge and ensure patients needing healthcare have access to it.

I love Southwest Florida, and I believe in Southwest Florida. We will get through this together and we will grow stronger as a community together, but it is not possible without our entire region buying-in for the benefit of the friends and neighbors.

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