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Lee Health offering free telehealth visits

Lee Health is offering free urgent care telehealth visits as a response to the current surge in COVID-19 cases.

If someone is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, the provider can evaluate the severity and make recommendations for testing, isolation and symptom management.

Telehealth providers can also write prescriptions and make additional referrals as necessary.

The normal cost of the visit is $49.

Anyone with symptoms, including difficulty breathing, should seek emergency care immediately, the hospital said in a news release.

“Southwest Florida is currently a hotspot for COVID-19, and we are seeing the ramifications of this current wave of the coronavirus throughout our entire health system,” said Kris Fay, chief officer of population health and physician services at Lee Health. “Lee Telehealth is a great first option for someone concerned about COVID symptoms or exposure who doesn’t need emergency care. We hope that by making it free that our community will utilize this resource, which will help preserve our resources in the emergency departments for those experiencing a medical emergency.”

Patients using the telehealth service can seek treatment and receive a prescription for a variety of conditions, including:

  •  Cold and flu
  • Sinus infections
  • Rashes
  • Pink eye
  • Headaches
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Allergies
  • Cough
  • Sprains and strains

Every visit is encrypted to protect private information, and patients can expect the same level of care they would receive in a traditional doctor’s office. For current Lee Health patients, telehealth visits are added to their health record to ensure continuity of care.

Lee TeleHealth can be accessed in the following convenient ways:

  • From the Lee Health Mobile App
  • Downloading the “Lee TeleHealth” app on your smartphone or tablet
  • Visiting from a computer
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