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State to prioritize testing for those with symptoms

The Florida Department of Emergency Management on Tuesday announced that beginning today, Aug. 5, that state-supported drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites will prioritize testing for symptomatic individuals, individuals age 65 and older and children under the age of 18. This includes the testing ...

Free walk-up COVID-19 testing begins today

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County, in partnership with Lee County Government, is providing free walk-up COVID-19 testing throughout Lee County during the month of August. Testing is scheduled on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning at 9 a.m. and will continue, weather-permitting, ...

8,000 students yet to make decision on instructional model

Each school within the Lee County School District is reaching out to families that have not yet made an instructional model selection for the upcoming school year. While the vast majority have selected an educational option, 8,000 parents have not yet notified the district as to whether ...

More COVID-19 testing available for county residents through August

By CJ HADDAD cjhaddad@breezenewspapers.com Additional free COVID-19 testing will be available to Lee County residents throughout the month of August. The Florida Department on Health on Monday announced they will be providing free walk-up COVID-19 testing throughout the county in ...

State reports record-high deaths for third straight day; 9 in Lee

As of 11 a.m. Friday, there are 470,386 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,007 since FDOH's last update Thursday morning. More than 97,600 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Thursday, July 30. Of those reported tests, 10.57 percent ...

Lee Health: Last seven days ‘incredibly promising’

Health officials on Friday called the last seven days “incredibly promising” when it comes to the spread of COVID-19 in Lee County and reported the lowest amount of hospitalizations since June. Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonuci reported the good news in a media call while ...

State closes its COVID-19 testing sites as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches

The Florida Division of Emergency Management has announced that all state-supported drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing sites are temporarily closed in anticipation of impacts from what is now Tropical Storm Isaias. This order impacts the drive-thru testing site at CenturyLink Sports ...

Lee Health officials ask commission for countywide mask mandate

Members of the Lee Health Facility Medical Executive Committee last Friday sent a letter to Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Brian Hamman, requesting a countywide mask mandate “in public places and inside businesses where social distancing is not always feasible.” The letter ...

Health Department to work with school district on COVID-19 contact tracing

The Florida Department of Health provided a special presentation to the school board Monday regarding contact tracing of COVID-19 and how both entities can work together once school resumes. Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins said the Florida Department of Health has been wonderful through the ...