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Lee Health Sees COVID Uptick

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In a news conference with local media this afternoon, Lee Health President & CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci gave an update on the rising number of cases of coronavirus in Southwest Florida.

"Over the last few weeks, Lee Health has seen a slow rise in both our positivity rate and the number of patients we have treated for COVID-19 in our hospitals. Two weeks ago we were caring for 47 admitted COVID-19 patients. Today that number is 78," Antonucci said.

Especially as more visitors enter the area for the winter, Antonucci cautioned people to stay vigilant.

"The coronavirus is still in our backyard and will be for the foreseeable future."

It’s imperative to practice safety precautions, he said.
Those include:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Keep a safe distance from others
  • Get a flu shot, to stay as healthy as possible.

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