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Florida see another near 10,000-case jump in COVID-19

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, there are 223,783 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,989 since FDOH's last update Tuesday morning.More than 75,800 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Tuesday, July 7. Of those reported tests, 14.15 percent tested ...

Cape rejects mandatory mask mandate

The city of Cape Coral will not require face coverings in public places.Cape Coral City Council on Monday rejected an ordinance that would have required the wearing of masks in most public interactions, with the majority weighing in on the side of education and urging voluntary compliance with ...

Lee Health: Hospitals risk hitting critical mass

As the state reported the highest single-day increase of positive COVID-19 patients on Saturday, local health care officials spoke just 24 hours earlier of the worrisome number of COVID-19 patients in their care and urged the public to take proper precautions when in public areas."We are seeing ...

Three arrested at City Hall prior to council meeting

Cape Coral Police have reported that three people were arrested after causing a disturbance at a City Council meeting Monday and disregarding officers' multiple warnings and lawful orders.According to the CCPD report, yesterday, July 6, at a scheduled 4:30 p.m. council meeting, several officers ...

DeSantis extends eviction, foreclosure moratorium

As Florida continues to try and recover from the economic, health and social effects of COVID-19, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order last week extending the moratorium on evictions and mortgage foreclosures for another month.The moratorium will expire on Aug. 1. There has been a ...

Governor signs Clean Waterways Act

This past week, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law the Clean Waterways Act, which institutes new regulations on polluters and threats to water quality such as septic tanks, sewage disposal facilities, fertilizer and stormwater systems.According to the communications office of DeSantis, the ...