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Lee Health urges vaccinations amid uptick in hospitalizations

Like clockwork, the Florida Department of Health has been reporting a nearly consistent weekly increase in COVID-19 cases of 2% for Lee County and the state for the past month. At Lee Health, though, a downward trend in hospitalizations since a vaccine became available earlier this year, has reversed. After dropping from having 200 patients with COVID-19 isolated in its hospitals in early January, the health care agency reported having 64 patients as late as March 8. This week, the hospital's hospitalization numbers pushed back up to 106 on Friday, up from 89 a week ago. The cases are ...

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Collateral damage from county’s reopening

As officials at the state and local level look toward a soft reopening of some public places, health officials are warning of a new normal."While we work together to determine the next steps, one thing we know is that reopening will not be a return to life as we knew it before COVID-19," Lee ...