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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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Another Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine side effect possible

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended pausing the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine last week to investigate a potential connection to a rare blood clotting disorder. More than 7,000,000 people have received the J&J shot and rare blood clots were only reported in six women. The European Medicines agency said yesterday that a warning about unusual blood clots and low blood platelets should be added to the vaccine. Local medical professionals are emphasizing that low platelet counts are just another side effect and are not...

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Ted Nugent reveals agonizing COVID-19 experience

Rocker Ted Nugent is revealing he was in agony after testing positive for coronavirus — months after he said the virus was “not a real pandemic.” “I thought I was dying,” Nugent says in a Facebook live video posted Monday. “I literally could hardly crawl out of bed the last few days,” adding: “So I was officially tested positive for COVID-19 today.” In the video shot at his Michigan ranch, the “Cat Scratch Fever” singer repeatedly uses racist slurs to refer to COVID-19 and reiterates his previous stance that he wouldn’t be getting the vaccine because he claims wrongly that “nobody knows what’s...

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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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How to handle COVID vaccine side effects

FORT MYERS, Fla.– After getting a coronavirus vaccine, you might have mild side effects and feel under the weather. While doctors said there aren’t any specific things you can do to prevent, there are things you can do to help the symptoms. Side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include pain, redness, swelling, tiredness, headaches, muscle pain, chills, fever and nausea.  “The most common side effects people have are minimal, if any symptoms at all. That’s the vast majority of folks,” said Dr. Riley Jones with UF Health.  “I would...

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Charlotte County moves closer to herd immunity

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.– Of all six counties in NBC2’s coverage area, Charlotte County is the closest to herd immunity. Doctor Joseph Pepe said that can be attributed to the large senior population. “We really want to get that positivity rate under one percent. We’re not there yet but we’re getting closer,” Dr. Pepe said.  Nearly 100,000 people are vaccinated in Charlotte County. Now that a majority of seniors are vaccinated, the focus is on young people being vaccinated. “On Saturday we’re doing a pop up site out in Englewood and that’s...

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Health Matters: Lung Cancer Screening Program

It causes three times as many deaths as breast cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer combined. “If we identify something early, we can treat it and you can live,” said Bobbi Marino, a nurse navigator with the Lee Health lung cancer screening program and clinic. A new lung cancer screening program is identifying and regularly screening patients who may be at risk for developing lung cancer. “Patients don’t go to the doctor unless they have a sign and symptom. If they have a cough, if they’re coughing up blood, if they have unexplained weight loss, fatigue, appetite change, shortness...

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Health Matters: What is Giant Cell Arteritis?

It’s called giant cell arteritis. “Giant cell arteritis is inflammation of the lining of the arteries, and it mostly affects the cranial branches of the carotid arteries which are the arteries on the side of the neck. Very often involving the temple arteries, which run alongside the temple area, that’s why it’s also called temple arteritis as well,” explained Dr. Juan Bustillo, a rheumatologist with Lee Health. The autoimmune disease is more common in women between the ages of 70 and 80. “We know that the immune system attacks the inner lining of the arteries and causes an inflammation...

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Health Matters: Keeping Women Healthy

Offering education, support, and empowerment, it’s what Lee Health OB/GYN Dr. Cherrie Morris says she hopes to accomplish with every patient. “I’m thinking about what their specific needs are before I even see them. I look to see if the patient has been doing all the preventive screening things that are appropriate for their age group.” In addition to annual health screenings, Dr. Morris also encourages patients to adopt a healthy lifestyle. “There have been many studies that have shown that if your physicians talk to you about smoking cessation, for example, or weight loss, or increasing...

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