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Lee Health hospitals reach 96 percent capacity

Posted at 6:47 PM, Jul 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-20 18:47:39-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla — Lee Health hospitals are just a handful of patients away from being completely full. Some hospitals are down to their last available icu room. They plan to open 100 additional hospital beds by the first week of August as more employees return to work.

CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci told reporters Monday afternoon their hospitals are at 96 percent capacity.

“We have 33 COVID patients on ventilators and 56 in the intensive care unit,” he said.

Lee health has a total of 335 COVID patients in their hospitals as of Monday.

“We have 33 COVID patients on ventilators and 56 in the intensive care unit,” said Antonucci.

A spokesperson for lee health says opening another field hospital during this surge of COVID-19 is unlikely due to hurricane season, but the division of emergency management would have the final say.

Only about 13 percent of their ICU rooms are available. According to the agency for healthcare administration, Cape Coral Hospital only has one ICU room to spare, Lee Memorial Hospital has three, and Gulf Coast Medical has five open ICU rooms.