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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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WATCH: Bear caught on camera wandering through East Naples yard

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.– Bear-y shocking video! An East Naples resident captured a bear wandering through his front yard on his Ring security camera. The bear moseyed on through around 3:43 AM on Sunday. The animal doesn’t seem to be up to any mischief and can be seen roaming out of frame. The post WATCH: Bear caught on camera wandering through East Naples yard appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-TV)

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Lehigh Acres trailer set ablaze by lawnmower

LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.– Lehigh Acres crews responded to a lawn trailer fire on Friday afternoon. Officials said the fire was started by a commercial lawn mower that caught fire while being transported. Crews extinguished the flames at Country Club Parkway and Archer Avenue. Workers discovered the fire in their trailer when they arrived at their next job location. No one was injured, officials said. WATCH crews work to put out the flames here: Friday afternoon, crews responded to a lawn trailer fire at Country Club Pkwy and Archer Ave. The fire was caused by a commercial mower that...

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Forecast: More heat and storms into the weekend

Your Friday forecast looks great this morning with temps in the upper 70s and generally clear skies.  We’ll track the chance for a few tiny coastal showers through the morning, and more storms will pop up this afternoon.  Storms will build west to east again today, so our inland areas will see the highest rain chances late in the afternoon.  A few isolated storms could still build back toward the coast this evening, so keep an eye on the NBC2 First Alert LIVE Doppler Radar if you’re heading out.  Temperatures will be toasty today with highs on track to reach the low to...

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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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Former FGCU baseball player pitches for Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla.– A Former Florida Gulf Coast student pitched for the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon. A former Eagle is pitching for the Red Sox today! No, not that one. Congratulations to Kutter Crawford on making his Major League debut this afternoon!#WingsUp pic.twitter.com/9AbhMWODhN — FGCU Baseball (@FGCU_Baseball) September 5, 2021 Kutter Crawford made his Major League debut with the Red Sox. And just like that the #RedSox have TWO former @FGCU_Baseball pitchers in their rotation with Kutter Crawford making his MLB debut today. @NBC2 #WingsUp https://t.co/6LuTTJirEC —...

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Considering the COVID-19 vaccine? Here are FAQs that get you the facts about the shot

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. — Making the decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine is confusing and a lot of people have questions about the shot and virus itself. NBC2 spoke with the Collier County Department of Health to tell you what you need to know in order to stop the spread of misinformation and get you the facts.  Here is our entire interview with Kristine Hollingsworth, a spokesperson for DOH-Collier, so you can read what she has to say:  What are the side effects?  KH: “Side effects are usually mild, as of May 2021, over 1.3 billion COVID vaccines have been administered....

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Forecast: Unsettled end to the week

Showers and storms will become more likely through Friday. As the remnants of Ida moves through the Northeast, a trailing batch of storms will drag south through Central Florida and slowly move through our area for the end of the week. This means more clouds and storm chances for the first few days of September. The good news is the added cloud coverage should keep temperatures just below normal in the mid to upper 80s. By the holiday weekend, weather should improve and become more seasonable with afternoon storms and highs in the low 90s. By next week, south winds will prevail,...

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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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City of Cape Coral kicks of first film festival after pandemic delay

CAPE CORAL, Fla.– It’s showtime at Cultural Park Theatre as the City of Cape Coral celebrates its first film festival. The pandemic delayed the project by one year, but more than 20 films will play throughout Saturday and Sunday. “Usually this is a way for filmmakers to actually be able to move forward in their career and say ‘hey listen I’ve been part of 10 different film festivals and I won these many film festivals’,” said festival co-producer Camilo Vega. Organizers said it’s more than just watching movies. It’s an opportunity to meet...

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