Lee Health reports 240 COVID-19 patients isolated in its hospitals

Writer: Derrick Shaw
Lee Health
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Lee Health said the omicron surge and the return of seasonal residents are keeping its hospital operating at near capacity.

Because of this, the hospital still continues its suspension of elective surgeries requiring an overnight stay.

Golisano Children’s Hospital is now caring for patients up to 29 years old in order to utilize all available beds.

Knowing where to go to get the most appropriate care saves time and money.

Lee Health has many convenient options to receive care, Lee Health said.

For care in your own home, Lee Telehealth connects you directly with a provider who can provide care for all of the same things as an urgent care facility. At this time Lee Telehealth is free, and can be accessed at www.LeeTeleHealth.org.

If you need to see a doctor in person, make an appointment with your primary care physician or visit a Lee Convenient Care facility. Lee Convenient Care can treat everything from viruses and respiratory infections to fractures or sprains.

Dispatch Health is another at-home option if you aren’t able to make it do the doctor’s office. Dispatch Health brings a care team directly to your front door for the same types of illnesses or injuries as an urgent care clinic. For a list of conditions they can treat, or make an appointment visit www.DispatchHealth.com.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, have someone take you to the emergency department or immediately call 911.

  • As of Wednesday morning, there are 240 COVID-19 patients isolated in Lee Health hospitals.
  • Of those patients, six of them are being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
  • On Wednesday morning, hospital census was at 96% of staffed operational bed capacity.
  • On Wednesday morning, census in the intensive care unit was at 95% of staffed operational bed capacity. There were 33 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
  • On Tuesday, Lee Health emergency departments saw 894 patients.
  • Lee TeleHealth is currently free and is an easy alternative to avoid longer than normal wait times at urgent care centers. To access Lee Telehealth, download the Lee Health app or visit www.LeeTelehealth.org.

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