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Edison Mall COVID-19 vaccine site to close next month

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — While we should stay vigilant and protect ourselves, local medical experts said that they’re cautiously optimistic about the future as vaccine sites start to close. It’s hard to imagine that just a few months ago, there were more people trying to get the vaccine than there were doses available. Now, after administering more than 200,000 vaccines, the Lee County Department of Health will be closing the doors of the vaccine site at Edison Mall. The Edison Mall vaccination site will officially close on June 18. After that, people will be able to...

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Companies could legally require employees to get vaccinated

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More and more people are getting vaccinated from the coronavirus every single day. That means getting life back to normal, and for many, back to work.  But can your employer ask if you got your vaccine? Or even more, can your work require you to get a shot?  “Yes,” says Attorney Lance Dunford, a partner at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey. “The simple answer is yes.” Employers can even go as far as to see your vaccine card, despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order against vaccine passports.  “What’s on this vaccination card does not give any...

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, May 18

Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Tuesday, May 18. Additional case data compares to the previous update. TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,296,785 (+2,805)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 36,954 (+97)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA:   132,288 (+ 244) LEE COUNTY –  72,432 (+160) | 987 (+0)COLLIER COUNTY –  36,547 (+54) | 539 (-1)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –  13,163 (+19) | 426 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY –  4,801 (+5) | 84 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY –  4,379 (+5) | 95 (+1)GLADES COUNTY –  966 (+1) | 19 (+0) The post Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Tuesday, May 18 appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Centurylink COVID-19 testing site in Fort Myers to close Sunday

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Centurylink COVID-19 testing site will be closing on Sunday, May 23.  The Florida Division of Emergency Management has informed Lee County it intends to close the site by the end of the day Sunday. When the site first opened up last year, the demand for testing was high. People would have to wait in lines for hours in some cases. The demand now has dropped, with fewer people than ever visiting the site to get tested. “Overall the process is easier to get tested, there’s more resources available,” said North Fort Myers resident Linda Price.  If you do need...

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Need your COVID-19 shot? Lee Health is welcoming walk-ins

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — With Memorial Day and Independence Day right around the corner, doctors in our community are saying that now is a very important time to get vaccinated. Lee Health is offering 1,300 COVID-19 vaccine appointments this week. Starting today, May 18, walk-ins will be welcomed at Gulf Coast Medical Center. Although, appointments are recommended. CLICK HERE to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment at Lee Health. Anyone over 12-years-old can get their shot at Lee Health. People under 18-years-old will need a parent or legal guardian with them at their appointment....

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Monday, May 17

Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Monday, May 17. Additional case data compares to the previous update. TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,292,004 (+1,976)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 36,857 (+59)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA:   132,044 (+180) LEE COUNTY –  72,272 (+110) | 987 (+1)COLLIER COUNTY –  36,493 (+48) | 540 (+2)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –  13,144 (+13) | 426 (+1)HENDRY COUNTY –  4,796 (+8) | 84 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY –  4,374 (+1) | 94 (+0)GLADES COUNTY –  965 (+0) | 19 (+0) The post Southwest Florida coronavirus case...

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CDC official on mask-wearing: Unvaccinated people need to be honest with themselves

WASHINGTON / CNN — The director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Sunday that people have to be honest with themselves when deciding whether to wear a mask after the agency lifted requirements for vaccinated people. The CDC last week updated its guidance for people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to say they generally do not need to wear a mask, with some exceptions. The update also said that people still need to wear a mask if they are unvaccinated. “I think that people who were not inclined to wear a mask were not inclined to wear a mask before Thursday,”...

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Masks are no longer mandatory outside at Disney parks

ORLANDO, Fla.– Following the CDC updating their guidelines on masks, Disney World announced they will no longer require guests to wear facial coverings outside at their parks. Masks will still be required inside, on transportation and on attractions. Social distancing will still be practiced at Disney World. The post Masks are no longer mandatory outside at Disney parks appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Cape Coral

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Diocese of Venice in Florida will no longer require masks at Mass

SOUTHWEST, Fla.– The Diocese of Venice in Florida announced a change to it’s mask policy on Friday. Masks and social distancing are no longer mandatory during mass. They are also not required at Parish activities or gatherings. “Masks remain encouraged and certainly permitted, particularly for those who are not yet vaccinated,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane in a Facebook post. Children in a Catholic School or religious education program will continue to wear masks for the rest of the school year. Bishop Dewane mentioned in the Facebook post that this decision was made...

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Experts say it’s normal to feel uncomfortable about no masks

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Feeling weird about taking the mask off after months of having to put one on? Experts said it’s normal. “It was hard for us to put our masks on, so of course it’s going to be more challenging for some of us to take them off,” said Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling Center Director Dr. Alise Bartley.  This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance saying anyone who is fully vaccinated can opt not to wear a mask in most situations, indoors or out. Dr. Bartley said getting used...

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