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A new individual, in her 70s, who tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 in Lee County after an international trip, has died.

Lee Health issued a release  late Friday night about the death and a second patient in its system with a presumptive positive test for COVID-19.

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Lee Health said it was working closely with the Florida Department of Health.

The patient was tested for COVID-19 in accordance with guidelines provided by the health department after arriving at Gulf Coast Medical Center with a severe respiratory ailment. The agency notified Lee Health of the presumptive positive test results Friday evening.

“We are saddened by the family’s loss and will continue to monitor and take appropriate precautions on behalf of patients, caregivers and the community,” said Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and CEO of Lee Health.

Lee Health is also treating a second patient, no gender announced, with a presumptive positive test for COVID-19, the system said in a late-night press release.

That patient is in isolation and is receiving appropriate treatment, the health system reported. 

Employees and others who have come into contact with coronavirus patients are being evaluated. No Lee Health employees have shown signs of infection, but they have been isolated as a precaution and are being monitored closely.

Since the strain of coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was identified in December, Lee Health has been monitoring the spread and prepared the health system for an eventual case. The established plans and protocols are being followed at this time to limit any further infection. 

For additional information on COVID-19 and Lee Health’s preparedness plan, please visit the Lee Health website at www. leehealth.org.

More: Coronavirus in Florida: 2 deaths, 2 new cases announced

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If travel to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea cannot be avoided, the Florida Department of Health and CDC recommend you:

Avoid contact with sick people

Discuss traveling to China with your health care provider to determine if you may be at higher risk for complications from COVID-19

Avoid animals (alive or dead), animal markets, and animal products, like uncooked meat

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available

Any patient needing immediate care is recommended to visit the Emergency Department. In addition, Lee Health has made its telehealth solution available for $29 throughout the month of March. Anyone who thinks he or she might have symptoms of COVID-19 are encouraged to call the Emergency Department in advance of arrival so appropriate precautions can be taken.

Upon returning to Florida, self-monitor for fever, cough, or other respiratory symptoms for 14 days. If you do feel sick within 14 days of returning from China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea, you should:

Seek medical care; contact the health care provider by phone ahead of your visit and tell them about your recent travel and symptoms

Contact your county health department (floridahealth.gov/chdepicontact)

Avoid contact with other people

Delay any additional travel plans until you are no longer sick

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; use an alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available

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