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Lee Health urges vaccinations amid uptick in hospitalizations

Like clockwork, the Florida Department of Health has been reporting a nearly consistent weekly increase in COVID-19 cases of 2% for Lee County and the state for the past month. At Lee Health, though, a downward trend in hospitalizations since a vaccine became available earlier this year, has ...

COVID cases near 2.2 million mark

As of Thursday afternoon, there are 2,148,448 total cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Florida, an increase of 6,762 since FDOH’s last update Wednesday. Test results reported to the Department of Health on Wednesday, April 14, resulted in a 6.66% positivity rate among 122,228 tests. ...

DeSantis pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Gov. Ron DeSantis said today the state has paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine based on the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We are respecting that decision. We are going to follow that recommendation and monitor what they are ...

Lee Health welcomes back its volunteers

After more than a year of having to suspend their services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lee Health welcomed back volunteers Tuesday morning at HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers.   The hiatus away from Lee Health facilities was implemented for the safety of the health care ...

New indoor vaccination site readied for Wednesday opening

Hours after Mother Nature rained down on Southwest Florida for the first time in some time, county officials detailed their transition from the RSW COVID-19 vaccination site to their new indoor location. Staged at the old Sears building at the Edison Mall in Fort Myers, the first shots at ...

Lee County’s indoor vaccine site to move to Edison Mall

Lee County’s vaccination site is getting a new, indoor location. Officials from the Florida Department of Health – Lee and Lee County Government recently announced the COVID-19 vaccination site is to be relocated to the former Sears building at the Edison Mall. Lee County Commissioners ...

DeSantis prohibits vaccination ‘passports’

Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday prohibiting government agencies from issuing “vaccination passports” or “passes” and prohibited businesses from requiring the furnishing of such documentation proving a COVID-19 vaccination. According to a copy of the order, no ...

State, local officials provide COVID-19 update

As of Thursday afternoon, there are 2,064,525 total cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Florida, an increase of 6,790 since FDOH’s last update Wednesday. Test results reported to the Department of Health on Wednesday, March 31 resulted in a 6.41% positivity rate among 128,590 tests. ...