Lee Health has 279 COVID-19 patients Thursday, urgently in need of blood donations

Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Lee Health says it has 279 COVID-19 patients isolated in its hospitals on Thursday. The hospital says it is still in desperate need of blood donations.

Lee Health says donating blood is one of the best ways to give back to the community and save lives.

The hospital says the blood shortage has become more urgent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They say donating blood takes about 30-45 minutes and each donation could save up to three lives.

All donations made at Lee Health stay within the Lee Health community. Donations can be made at any Lee Health blood center or bloodmobile. You can find information on eligibility and where to donate by clicking here.

As of Thursday morning:

  • As of Thursday morning, Lee Health had 279 COVID-19 patients isolated in their hospitals.
  • Of these patients, six of them are being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
  • The hospital census was at 95% of staffed operational bed capacity, and the census in the intensive care unit was at 97% of staffed operational bed capacity.
  • There were 38 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
  • On Wednesday, Lee Health emergency departments saw 891 patients and Lee Convenient Care saw 354 patients.

Due to the increased number of people at Lee Health hospitals during the current COVID-19 surge, Lee Telehealth is free to use. It connects you directly with a provider who can provide care for all of the same things as an urgent care facility.  Dispatch Health is another at-home option that brings a care team directly to your front door for the same types of illnesses or injuries. For a list of conditions they can treat, or make an appointment visit www.LeeTelehealth.org or www.DispatchHealth.com.

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