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Lee County sees 14th death from coronavirus

By Staff | Apr 7, 2020

A 62-year-old woman, whose death on Monday was attributed to the coronavirus, is the 14th person in Lee County to have died from COVID-19.

The Florida Department of Health reported the death, one 18, bringing the statewide death total to 254 from COVID-19.

The death was the first in Lee County since a 100-year-old man succumbed Friday from complications associated with the new coronavirus.

There were 13,629 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Florida Monday afternoon, an increase of approximately 300 since the Monday morning update.

A total of 124,726 individuals have been tested: 111,022 have tested negative, 75 tests were inconclusive and 1,322 tests are pending results. Of those testing positive, 1,720 have been hospitalized at some point during their illness.

In Lee County, 400 people have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Monday afternoon.

COVID-19 is a highly contagious viral disease. For most individuals, symptoms are mild. For a minority, the disease becomes a type of viral pneumonia that can have severe complications. Especially at risk are those who are older, those with underlying health conditions and the immune-compromised.

Officials strongly urges all members of the public who can, remain at home so as to limit exposure and so limit the number of cases so as to not overwhelm the health care system.

Lee Health president and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci issued a statement Monday saying “it’s important for patients to know when they should seek medical care. If symptoms are mild they should consider seeing a doctor and continue to monitor themselves to make sure symptoms don’t get worse. When symptoms are more severe, such as shortness of breath, patients should immediately come to the emergency department for evaluation. I want to emphasize that unlike other illnesses, you shouldn’t wait for severe symptoms to come to the ED. If you notice your mild symptoms starting to get worse, we recommend coming in to be seen before they get severe. There is no medical cure yet for this virus, but the sooner we can evaluate you, the better able we are to help manage symptoms if they become severe.”

As of Monday, Antonucci said Lee Health currently has 45 COVID-19 patients isolated in its hospitals. The health center has discharged 37 patients who had tested positive since the first case was introduced March 5.

Lee Health has 174 employees quarantined at home with 14 employees having tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at work.