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Second person dies from coronavirus in Lee County

March 15, 2020
Nathan Mayberg , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

Second patient at Lee Health dies from coronavirus

By Nathan Mayberg

A second person in Lee County has died from the coronavirus. The 77-year-old male patient at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers died on March 14, according to the Florida Department of Health. He is the second person to have died at the hospital under the care of Lee Health. The unidentified male is the second person to die from the coronavirus in Lee County out of four confirmed and declared cases.

Neither the Florida Department of Emergency Management communications department or Lee Health spokesperson Jonathon Little would confirm when the patient was admitted. That is significant information as there have been two 77-year-old males who have been confirmed as having tested positive for the coronavirus in Lee County. No further information regarding the patient's death or identity were released by either agency.

The first 77-year-old male to test positive for the coronavirus after being admitted to Gulf Coast Medical Center was on March 4 in Fort Myers at the same time that a 77-year-old female tested positive. The female died the next day while the male's condition had been described as critical, then serious as of Friday.

On March 13, the Florida Department of Health and Lee Health announced that another 77-year-old male had tested positive at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Fort Myers. That individual's condition was considered serious on and had been in isolation as of Friday.

On Sunday, a fifth Lee County case was identified by the Florida Department of Health. A 72-year-old female tested positive for coronavirus and is isolated, according to the Florida Department of Health. The department is investigating whether the case is travel-related.

There are 100 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health. Of the most recent 39 cases announced Sunday, most were in Broward County and Miami-Dade County.

There have been five cases reported in Collier County, with two of the newest cases being a 28-year-old male and a 76-year-old male. There has been one confirmed case in Charlotte County and one in Sarasota County.

In a press release issued by the state, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that he has requested that Health and Human Services send home the 61 Floridians that were previously aboard the Grand Princess cruise line, home from isolation from Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.

In addition, DeSantis has directed the Department of Health to hire additional epidemiologists from university health programs to help with workload.

He has directed the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) to extend all existing nursing home and ALF licenses for 90 days to remove distraction from patient care.

DeSantis expanded his emergency order and prohibit all visitation to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult family-care homes, long-term care facilities and adult group homes to all visitors for the next 30 days.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has suspended drivers' license renewal requirements for 30 days.

DeSantis directed all agencies to suspend for 30 days licensing and registration renewal requirements for existing processional licenses (e.g. realtors).

Gov. DeSantis has also recommended that local authorities strongly consider canceling mass gatherings and follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance. CDC has issued recommendations for implementation of mitigation strategies in Florida, including recommendations to cancel large gatherings of more than 250 people and smaller gatherings that may bring persons together from multiple parts of the country.

 
 

 

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