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Lee Schools superintendent encourages masks in class despite opt-out

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — According to new data from the Lee County School District, 14,215 students have opted-out from the district’s mask requirement. That’s just shy of 15% of the student population district-wide. Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage urged parents upset with the masking policy to reach out to people who can actually change it. He specifically referenced reaching out to Governor Ron DeSantis and local legislators. “Please do not apply pressure to our principals or to our teachers to do things beyond the scope of what they’re able to do,” said Savage. Savage...

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Masks, distance, ventilation: How COVID-19 measures protect students

Of all the ways to curb the spread of COVID-19 in schools, wearing masks has arguably become the most controversial. We want to make sure this is clear: kids are significantly less likely than adults to get severely sick with COVID-19. They’re even less likely to die from the virus. But, their risk is not zero. As of the writing of this article, Golisano Children’s Hospital is treating 14 children for severe cases of COVID-19. Before this point in the pandemic, doctors tell us they were only treating 1 to 2 children with COVID at a given time. Experts say there are ways...

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US surpasses 40 million recorded COVID-19 cases

FORT MYERS, Fla. / CNN — The United States has recorded more than 40 million coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic, with more than 4 million of them reported in the last month, data from Johns Hopkins University show. It’s worth noting that the count comes with a caveat: Many experts believe the actual number of infections is much higher. Nevertheless, COVID-19 infections have been on the rise in much of the US since early Summer. The country’s seven-day average of new cases Monday (137,270 daily) was more than four times higher than Labor Day of last year (39,355...

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Lee County sheriff urges staff to get vaccinated after second deputy dies from COVID-19

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno is encouraging employees in the department to get vaccinated against COVID-19. A letter was sent to staff members of the Lee County Sheriff’s Office hours after a second deputy died from complications of COVID-19 in less than a month. “I do not have to tell each of you that being a law enforcement officer is a dangerous job,” Marceno said in the letter. “With this invisible threat among us, the risks are even greater.” LCSO announced the death of Deputy Sheriff First Class William Diaz, 29, who died early Tuesday morning.  The...

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How to check the COVID-19 case count for Collier County schools

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Collier County schools are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases. Right now, Palmetto Ridge and Barron Collier high schools have been hit the hardest, each with 21 cases. There have been nearly 300 positive cases for CCPS students since school started less than two weeks ago. Cases have been higher at high schools compared to elementary and middle schools. CCPS works with the Florida Department of Health in Collier County to notify parents of students or individuals on school campuses or in school activities determined to be close contacts. Parents and guardians of students...

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COVID-19 tests become harder to find

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Options for getting a COVID-19 test in Florida have shifted in recent months but they are still available. Many pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens, as well as local health departments, offer PCR tests by appointment. Your best bet at receiving a rapid test is getting one over the counter at a pharmacy. It’s a stark contrast from earlier this year, when thousands of people got rapid test results from sites in southwest Florida, including CenturyLink in Fort Myers and Curative in Cape Coral. The post COVID-19 tests become harder to find appeared first...

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Coronavirus infects vaccinated leader at Florida condo site

MIAMI, Fla. – A vaccinated Miami-Dade county commissioner who helped other local officials in Surfside following the collapse of a condominium building announced that he and his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19. The news release late Sunday from Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz said he and his chief of staff Isidoro Lopez, who also received a vaccine against COVID-19, came down with flu-like symptoms earlier in the day and later tested positive for the virus. “Staff and others who have been in close contact with them will be getting tested between...

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6,000 COVID-19 cases reported among the fully vaccinated

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Out of about 84 million fully vaccinated people in the US, the CDC has found roughly 6000 breakthrough infections of COVID-19.  That many cases may sound like a lot, but experts are actually encouraged to see that number out of 84 million fully vaccinated people. Getting the shot doesn’t guarantee someone won’t get COVID-19 in the future. When it comes to preventing severe illness, so far the vaccines work. “The fact that we only have about 6000 cases in the U.S.,” FGCU professor Robert Hawkes said. “From all the millions...

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NBC2’S Vax Facts

This page is devoted to helping you get your COVID-19 vaccine from one of the various sources currently giving shots. NOTE: *The FDA & CDC are recommending the US pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine over blood clot concerns. Click here for which pharmacies and health systems are pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and how you can reschedule your appointment.* Who is eligible for a vaccine? Anyone 18+ Frontline healthcare workers Law enforcement officers & first responders Long-term care facility residents & staff K-12 employees & staff can...

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Otters test positive for COVID-19 at Georgia Aquarium

ATLANTA, Ga. – Multiple otters tested positive for COVID-19 at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta after showing symptoms, the aquarium reported Sunday. Officials said the otters started showing mild respiratory symptoms like sneezing, runny noses, coughing, and tiredness. Aquarium staff did not specify the number of otters infected but said they are older Asian small-clawed otters that do not make direct contact with the public. “Our Asian small-clawed otters are under very close monitoring by veterinarians and animal care team members. They have displayed only mild symptoms and we expect...

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