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Lee Health shoots down erroneous reports

Lee Health has begun releasing daily numbers on positivity tests, admissions and discharges after Chief Operating Officer Dr. Scott Nygaard said there were false reports that some of its hospitals had a 100% positivity rate for COVID-19 tests."Since the start of this pandemic, Lee Health has ...

School reopenings may be pushed back

As a few board members continue to push for in-person graduations for the Class of 2020, Lee County's schools superintendent said he could not recommend that because COVID-19 case numbers are concerning enough that the first day of school may be delayed by two to three weeks.Board member Melisa ...

Lee Countians to finally get citrus canker reimbursement

It took 17 years and a lot of time in courtrooms, but Lee County residents who had their citrus trees cut down as part of a state canker erradication program will finally get the money that is owed to them.Gov. Ron DeSantis on July 1 signed a budget that includes more than $19.1 million in ...

Slow down: Del Prado speed limit lowered to 40 from Coronado to Hancock Bridge

Those heading down the busy thoroughfare of Del Prado Boulevard will have to take it down a notch following a decision by the Lee County Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit from 45 mph to 40 mph from Coronado Parkway to Hancock Bridge Parkway.The speed limit change took effect ...

Mask Up Cape Coral, Spread the Word

Wearing a mask in public is being strongly urged to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, which is caught fire throughout the state of Florida.The city of Cape Coral is ratcheting up its efforts by starting a public awareness campaign to encourage the use of facial coverings while in ...

Registration urged now for the Southwest Florida Virtual Job Fair

Next month the Southwest Florida Virtual Job Fair will take place, giving both employers and job seekers an opportunity to fill a need in the community.The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13.To register, both employers and job seekers can visit ...

Lee Health: Numbers are being accurately reported

Lee Health has begun releasing daily numbers on positivity tests, admissions and discharges after Chief Operating Officer Dr. Scott Nygaard said there were false reports that some of its hospitals had a 100% positivity rate."I want to take this opportunity to provide an update and more clarity ...

Chamber honors scholarship recipients at individual ceremonies

This year, instead of attending the annual Excellence in Education Awards ceremony, nine recipients had the opportunity to enjoy a small individual ceremony at the Cape Coral Yacht Club last weekend."Each year, our Education Committee hosts Taste of the Cape, along with the Gulf Coast Symphony. ...

Organizations join forces to make Big Backpack Event larger yet

More organizations have joined forces to make the annual Big Backpack Event bigger this year, which will also provide kid-friendly food."First time we have truly partnered and collaborated with friends in nonprofit world," Public Relations and Marketing Chair Connie Ramos-Williams said. ...