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Lee Health announces partnership with provider of in-home medical care

Lee Health announced a partnership with DispatchHealth, a provider of in-home medical care Tuesday. Through the partnership, patients in Southwest Florida will now have a convenient way to receive high-quality, in-person medical care in the comfort of their home, officials said. Lee Health ...

Lee Schools superintendent issues 30-day mask mandate

Under emergency powers granted by the school board last year, Lee County School Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage imposed a 30-day mask mandate Monday with implementation to begin Wednesday. "I just want to state that I don’t like wearing a mask. I don’t like putting masks on my children and I ...

School District outlines COVID protocols

Overwhelmed with the number of COVID Increase Report forms, the School District of Lee County is looking into additional ways to streamline the process of notifying the schools of positive cases, as well as increasing protocols for the safety of students. A special Facebook live meeting ...

Today: Schools superintendent to discuss COVID questions during Facebook live

A Facebook live presentation will be held by Superintendent Dr. Ken Savage today to share information about COVID protocols and answer questions. Savage will hold the Facebook live event at noon, Wednesday, Aug. 25, which can either be watched live, or later on the District's Facebook page, ...

Public invited to 20th anniversary 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The Southwest Florida community is invited to join first responders and public officials at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, in downtown Fort Myers for a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony that will mark the 20th year since the terrorist attack. The event will be at Caloosa Sound Convention Center, 1374 ...

Congressional Water Roundtable touts Lake O management plan

The water quality issue surrounding Lake Okeechobee and its connecting rivers is like a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle: There are numerous pieces that must be placed in a certain order for the big picture to properly come together. On Tuesday, at City Hall in Cape Coral, U.S. Rep Byron Donalds and ...

Lee School District mask opt-out form now on line

The School District of Lee County mask-opt-out form is now available to parents and student guardians online. The district has made masks mandatory but, in compliance with Gov. Ron DeSantis' executive order and new Parental Bill of Rights legislation, parents may choose to opt their child out ...

COVID ‘crisis’: Lee Health sees record number of hospitalized cases

Lee Health set a record for the highest number of COVID-19 patients in system care over the weekend. As of Monday morning, Lee Health officials reported 419 individuals across their hospitals are being treated for the virus, outpacing the 327-mark set last July – a 12% uptick. Lee Health ...

Donalds sets Congressional Water Roundtable

With local officials saying the area’s water quality hangs in the balance, Southwest Florida political and environmental stakeholders plan to meet next week to discuss the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ announced alternative for managing Lake Okeechobee over the next decade. U.S. Rep. ...