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Health department to work with school district on COVID contact tracing

The Florida Department of Health provided a special presentation to the school board Monday regarding contact tracing of COVID-19 and how both entities can work together once school resumes.Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins said the Florida Department of Health has been wonderful through the ...

Health leaders ask for mandatory masks in Lee

Members of the Lee Health Facility Medical Executive Committee has sent a letter to Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Brian Hamman, requesting a countywide mask mandate "in public places and inside businesses where social distancing is not always feasible."The letter sent by ...

Back to School Staff Q&A addresses concerns

Although some of the many questions teachers have regarding reopening were addressed during a live Facebook webinar last week, many others are still being hammered out during bargaining meetings with SPALC and TALC.District spokesperson Rob Spicker led the one hour webinar, with many questions ...

Free COVID testing in the South Cape draws long line

Residents from Cape Coral and elsewhere didn't care how long it would take, as long as they were able to receive free testing for COVID-19 this past weekend.Cars lined up around the block for testing for the new coronavirus Sunday as the Florida Department of Health in Lee County, in ...

Health officials report decline in positive coronavirus cases

Local health officials on Monday reported a decline in cases over the weekend; with some optimistic this may be the beginning of a trend locally.Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci said he was encouraged by the number of admissions as compared to discharges over the weekend as the ...

Cape COVID-19 specimen collection site expands days of operation

In order to meet the demand for COVID-19 testing, the city of Cape Coral, in partnership with Lee Health, is increasing the days of operation for its mobile specimen collection site from three days to six days per week beginning July 27. The collection site is located at the Chester Street ...

School Board races at a glance

There are primaries for each of the three Lee County School Board seats up for grabs but voters countywide may only cast a ballot in one of the nonpartisan races.The seats for Districts 2 and 3 will be determined by voters who live in those districts only while all voters, regardless of party ...

Meet the candidates for Lee County School Board

There are three Lee County School Board seats up for election this year but voters countywide may only cast a ballot in one of these non-partisan races -- the at-large District 7 seat.As a result of a voter-approved change in 2016, most school board seats are elected by district, meaning the ...

CCPD: Cape man arrested after dropping drug stash in front of officers

A man answering the door at the scene of a reported overdose dropped a box full of drugs in front of the officers to whom he was speaking, resulting in multiple charges Thursday night.Cody Wynn, 24, of 1101 S.E. 22nd Terrace, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance ...

Lee Health: In-patient numbers dip

Local health officials on Friday shared some good news when it comes to COVID-19 in the community.Lee Health President and CEO Dr. Larry Antonucci announced that "while it may be too soon to call it a trend," Lee Health has discharged more COVID-19 patients than have been admitted over the last ...