Lee Health COVID cases still on the rise in Southwest Florida

 Lee Health
Posted at 2:32 PM, Aug 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-23 15:21:53-04

Lee Health and Curative partner together to operate a COVID-19 testing site at Lee Convenient Care clinic at 4771 S Cleveland Avenue in Fort Myers. Today, a four-lane drive-thru opened at the site to help meet the demand for testing as COVID surges in our community. Appointments can be booked at

Lee Health emergency departments continue to see a high volume of patients. They continue to ask the community to seek COVID testing at a designated testing site if you are not experiencing a medical emergency. Please visit for a list of alternate testing locations.

Lee Health’s vaccination clinic is located inside Gulf Coast Medical Center. It’s open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. You can walk in or book an appointment online. There is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Lee Health currently has 629 COVID-19 patients isolated in the hospitals (inpatient).
  • Of these patients, 8 of them are children under the age of 18.
  • Since Friday, Lee Health has had 226 new COVID-19 hospital admissions and 175 COVID-19 discharges.
  • Currently, 52% of the ventilators and 23% of the ICU rooms are available for use. There is 72 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 94 in the intensive care unit.
  • The current census is at 94% of staffed operational bed capacity.

Since the start of the pandemic, Lee Health has lost 841 patients inside their hospitals to COVID-19, including 22 since Friday.