39 COVID-19 patients have died in hospital by 2022



Lee Health released the COVID-19 number on Wednesday.

The hospital system says while the omicron variant is less likely to cause infections, some adults continue to die from COVID-19.

In the first 19 days of 2022, 39 patients died from COVID-19 complications, of which 9 patients died in the past two days.

“We urge the community to take steps now to protect themselves: Get vaccinated or boosted today if you haven’t already, wear a mask in public, wash your hands often, and keep social distance from others,” Lee Health said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who have lost the battle to COVID-19.”

  • As of Wednesday morning, there are 342 COVID-19 patients isolated at Lee Health (inpatient) hospitals.
  • Of those patients, 10 of them are being treated at Southwest Florida’s Golisano Children’s Hospital.
  • As of Wednesday morning, the hospital’s census was 96% of its staff active bed capacity.
  • As of Wednesday morning, the Census at the intensive care unit was 93% of staff active bed capacity. There are 37 COVID-19 patients in the ICU.
  • On Tuesday, Lee Health’s emergency departments admitted 942 patients. Prior to the current surge in omicrons, Lee Health’s emergency departments received about 900 patients per day on average.
  • On Tuesday, Lee Convenience Care looked at 414 patients, LCC sites averaging about 360 patients per day before omicron rise.
  • Lee TeleHealth is currently free and is an easy alternative to avoid longer than usual wait times at urgent care centers. To access Lee Telehealth, download the Lee Health app or visit

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