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Lee Health: Hospitals risk hitting critical mass

As the state reported the highest single-day increase of positive COVID-19 patients on Saturday, local health care officials spoke just 24 hours earlier of the worrisome number of COVID-19 patients in their care and urged the public to take proper precautions when in public areas. “We are ...

Plan to address bed capacity launched

Lee Health has a plan to combat crowded hospitals and an increase of COVID-19 positive patients as numbers continue to increase locally and throughout the state, officials said Thursday.President and CEO of Lee Health, Dr. Larry Antonucci said the system is in the midst of enacting a plan ...

COVID-19 hospitalizations triple in one month

As the Independence Day holiday weekend begins, local health care officials spoke of the worrisome number of COVID-19 patients in their care and urged the public to take proper precautions when in public areas."We are seeing a trend in our hospitals that has me very concerned," said President ...

Cape punts decision on masks

On a day when Florida logged an additional 10,000-plus cases of the COVID-19 virus -- setting another record -- dozens of local residents turned out to have their say on whether Cape Coral City Council should require masks to be worn in the municipality.In the end, after one council member had ...

Three Cs and masks: DeSantis urges Floridians to take safety measures

As the state and country prepare to celebrate Independence Day, Gov. Ron DeSantis urged Floridians to take precautions over the holiday weekend amidst the highest single-day increase in cases since the COVID-19 pandemic began.DeSantis, along with Florida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees, ...

COVID-cases nearing 160,000

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 158,997 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 6,563 since FDOH's last update Tuesday morning.More than 45,300 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, June 30. Of those reported tests, 15.04 percent tested ...

Fort Myers Beach Council keeps beaches open; imposes mask mandate

Fort Myers Beach will be open this weekend without any beach access limits though there will be a new requirement on mask-wearing.At a special meeting on Wednesday, the Fort Myers Beach Council voted 3-2 on an emergency declaration beginning at midnight to require that masks be carried by all ...

COVID-19 cases near 150,000 mark

As of 11 a.m. Monday, there were 146,341 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 5,266 since FDOH's last update Sunday morning.Monday's increase in positive cases in down from the explosion of cases over the weekend, which was three straight days that represent the ...

Cape Council to hold special meeting to discuss face masks

The Cape Coral City Council will hold a Special Meeting on Thursday, July 2, at 2:30 p.m., at City Hall to discuss face masks.The agenda item is listed as:Emergency Ordinance 1-20 AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CAPE CORAL, FLORIDA, MANDATING THAT INDIVIDUALS WEAR A FACE COVERING IN ...

Sanibel makes masks mandatory; temporarily closes beach parking

The Sanibel City Council has approved the mandatory wearing of face coverings and the temporary closure of all city-owned and -operated, paid beach parking.The council voted 3-1 at a special meeting Tuesday to require masks or face coverings effective July 3 at 12:01 a.m. Exclusions include ...