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Lee Health sees increase in COVID-19 hospitalized patients; 160 currently isolated

On Monday Lee Health reported 70 new COVID-19 hospital admissions since Friday, bringing the current total of patients currently isolated for COVID-19 to 160. 12 COVID-19 patients are on ventilators and 30 in the intensive care unit.

This marks the most COVID-19 inpatients for Lee Health since January 27.

“At Lee Health, we want to encourage everyone who is able to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to do so as soon as possible,” the hospital system said in a statement. “We have heard people in the community say they did not need a vaccine because they’ve already had COVID-19 and have antibodies to protect them from becoming infected again. While you do have some protection after recovering from the virus, it is unclear how long the immunity lasts. People who have gotten COVID-19 and recovered can absolutely get it again. That’s why the vaccine is so important.”

  • 160 COVID-19 patients isolated in Lee Health hospitals (inpatient).
  •  Since Friday; 70 new COVID-19 hospital admissions and 44 COVID-19 discharges.
  •  12 COVID-19 patients are on ventilators and 30 in the intensive care unit. Currently, 73% of Lee Health ventilators and 15% of ICU rooms are available for use.
  • The current census is at 88% of staffed operational bed capacity.

Lee Health strongly urges everyone in the community age 12 and over get vaccinated.

Doing so provides significant protection against serious illness even if you are exposed to the coronavirus, Lee Health said.

If you have not yet been vaccinated, you can to LeeHealth.org or call (239)343-0999 to schedule an appointment.

The clinic at Gulf Coast Medical Center is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and vaccination is free. A parent or guardian must accompany a minor.

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