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COVID-19 Update From Lee Health

NCH Doctor Harrington checks on a COVID-19 patient
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Dr. Douglas Harrington, a Naples Pulmonologist working in the front-lines of the pandemic, checks on a COVID-19 patient in an adapted I.C.U. negative air-pressure room at NCH North Hospital Campus.

While new cases of COVID-19 in Florida had been declining since the beginning of the year, the state was seeing roughly 1,500 cases a day at the beginning of June. The trendline started moving up again and the state recently reported more than 56,000 new cases a week ago on August 16, 2021.

Hospitals around the state are seeing record case numbers, and more younger patients are being admitted to hospitals in recent weeks than since the pandemic began nearly a year and a half ago.

We’re focusing on what Lee Health’s five hospitals are dealing with right now.

Dr. Scott Nygaard is Chief Operating Officer at Lee Health
Armando Llechu is Chief Officer of Hospital Operations and Women and Children’s Services with Lee Health