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School District reinstates mask opt-out for students

The School District of Lee County has reinstated an opt-opt to its mask mandate, effective today. Citing a 1st District Court of Appeal stay issued Friday, "which means the Florida Department of Education can continue to enforce its interpretation of the parental opt out until this matter is ...

Lee Health: New COVID cases may be subsiding

Lee Health on Tuesday reported that over the past week, they have discharged more COVID-19 patients than have taken in new each day -- a positive sign that the recent spike in new cases could be subsiding. “I want everyone just to continue to do whatever they can to slow down the spread ...

Lee School District defends emergency mask mandate

The School District of Lee County has provided a response to the Florida Department of Education, which gave the district until 10 a.m. today to explain its "inconsistency" with a state rule concerning mask mandates. The School District of Lee County has provided a response to the Florida ...

‘Grim milestone:’ COVID-related deaths reported by Lee Health top 1,000

COVID-related deaths reported at Lee Health facilities surpassed 1,000 Tuesday. Lee Health on Tuesday reported 14 COVID-19 deaths in their hospitals, bringing the total to 1,005 since the start of the pandemic. Southwest Florida’s largest healthcare system reported its first COVID-19 death ...

COVID cases tick downward

While COVID-19 is still very much present in the Southwest Florida community, Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci shared some encouraging words Tuesday afternoon that the recent spike in local cases may be on the decline. After detailing how Lee Health saw nearly double the ...

Slight dip in COVID admissions

Lee Health officials reported some slightly good news on Thursday, as they discharged more COVID-19 patients than had admitted over the last 24-hour period — only the second time that has occurred over the last month. The 596 patients in Lee Health facilities as of Thursday morning is the ...

Lee Schools superintendent issues 30-day mask mandate

Under emergency powers granted by the school board last year, Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage imposed a 30-day mask mandate Monday with implementation to begin Wednesday. "I just want to state that I don’t like wearing a mask. I don’t like putting masks on my children and I ...

Lee Health: COVID cases at all-time high

In a symbolic gesture of sending a message as a united front, Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci, surrounded by more than a dozen medical professionals from all realms of Lee Health, again urged the community to become vaccinated to halt the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the ...

Lee Health: COVID cases at all-time high, please get vaccinated

In a symbolic gesture of sending a message as a united front, Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci, surrounded by more than a dozen medical professionals from all realms of Lee Health, again urged the community to become vaccinated to halt the rapid spread of COVID-19 throughout the ...