Lee Health is asking the public to mask their children after a steep rise in emergency department visits at Golisano Children’s Hospital.
According to the hospital system, the children’s hospital saw 200 emergency room visits on Thursday with 123 children exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
“For comparison, the children’s hospital emergency department typically received about 75 visits per day before the current COVID surge,” Lee Health said.
The hospital system is reporting the following
- Lee Health currently has 593 COVID-19 patients isolated in our hospitals (inpatient).
- Of these patients, 4 of them are children under the age of 18.
- Yesterday, there were 71 new COVID-19 hospital admissions and 57 COVID-19 discharges.
- Currently, 55% of ventilators and 7% of ICU rooms are available for use. There are 65 COVID-19 patients on ventilators and 86 in the intensive care unit.
- Current census is at 95% of staffed operational bed capacity.
- Since the start of the pandemic, 819 patients have died inside Lee Health hospitals to COVID-19, including 9 yesterday.
The hospital system is pleading to have children 12 and older vaccinated.
If your child is 12 years old or older, get them vaccinated as soon as possible. Golisano Children’s Hospital has a mobile vaccination clinic that travels throughout Southwest Florida vaccinating kids and their families against COVID-19. Days and times for these stops can be found on www.leehealth.org.
You can also visit Lee Health’s walk-in Community Vaccination Clinic, located inside Gulf Coast Medical Center. It’s open Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and there is no cost for the COVID-19 vaccine.