Lee Health caring for 80 COVID-19 patients; 175% increase since May 1

Reporter: Gail Levy Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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As of Thursday morning, Lee Health is caring for 80 COVID-19 patients in its hospitals, an increase of 175% since May 1 and the most COVID-19 patients it has treated in a hospital setting since March 1.

According to the CDC, over the last 14 days, new cases of COVID-19 are up 71% in the state and 57% in Lee County.

That’s hardly a precise percentage because many people can now test at-home. Many people diagnose themselves and never see a doctor.

Lee Health says in a press release that, while infections have been less severe during this surge in cases, these numbers illustrate the threat the virus that causes COVID-19 poses to vulnerable populations like the elderly or those with comorbidities.

Lee Health encourages people to make sure their COVID-19 vaccination status is up-to-date to protect themselves and their loved ones.

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