Lee Health has 287 COVID-19 patients isolated in its hospitals Wednesday

Published: January 26, 2022 3:19 PM EST
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For the first time in two weeks, Lee Health is treating fewer than 300 COVID-19 patients in a hospital-based setting.

“While it appears we have reached the peak of the omicron surge, patient volumes across the health system remain exceptionally high,” the health system said in a news release.

As or Wednesday morning:

  • As of Wednesday morning, Lee Health had 287 COVID-19 patients isolated in their hospitals.
  • Of these patients, six of them are being treated at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.
  • The hospital census was at 95% of staffed operational bed capacity, and the census in the intensive care unit was at 95% of staffed operational bed capacity.
  • There were 38 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
  • On Tuesday, Lee Health emergency departments saw 829 patients and Lee Convenient Care saw 3 patients.

“Hospitals in our area face capacity challenges every winter as we welcome back seasonal residents. Southwest Florida is approaching its peak season, and it is expected to be a busy one as people who were unable to travel due to COVID last year are eager to come south for the winter. Because of this, it is important to know the most appropriate place to go for health care,” they added.

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

For less severe illness and injury, Lee Health has several convenient options to receive care. Lee Convenient Care facilities are available to treat everything from viruses and respiratory infections to fractures or sprains.

For an at-home option, Lee Telehealth connects you directly with a provider who can provide care for all of the same things as an urgent care facility. Dispatch Health is another at-home option that brings a care team directly to your front door for the same types of illnesses or injuries. For a list of conditions they can treat, or make an appointment visit www.LeeTelehealth.org or www.DispatchHealth.com.