Lee Health reports 586 COVID patients in their hospitals

Published: September 3, 2021 11:51 AM EDT
Updated: September 3, 2021 12:02 PM EDT
Cape Coral Hospital. (Credit: Lee Health)
Cape Coral Hospital. (Credit: Lee Health)

Lee Health is reminding people to be cautious during the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Southwest Florida saw a spike in COVID-19 cases following the  Fourth of July weekend and is asking the community to be safe in oder to prevent further overwhelming the community’s resources, Lee Health said.

Lee Health recommends people wear masks when in public and avoid large gatherings as much as possible.

For the second day in a row, Lee Health admitted fewer people than it discharged.

However, seven people died on Thursday.

  • As of Friday morning, there were 586 COVID-19 patients isolated Lee Health hospitals (inpatient).
  • Of these patients, 13 of them are children being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
  • On Thursday, there were 63 new COVID-19 hospital admissions and 66 COVID-19 discharges.
  • 46% of ventilators and 4% of ICU rooms are available for use. There are 88 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 111 in the intensive care unit.
  • On Friday morning, census was at 100% of staffed operational bed capacity.
  • Since the start of the pandemic, 955 patients have died in Lee Health hospitals to COVID-19, including 7 on Thursday.

Vaccination is the best way to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the coronavirus. Lee Health offers COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 12 and older at its walk-in Community Vaccination Clinic, located inside Gulf Coast Medical Center. It’s open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and there is no cost for the vaccine.