Lee County

Help Prevent Mosquito Breeding

Aug 10, 2020

West Nile virus was detected recently in Lee and Collier counties. Prevent its spread by keeping mosquitoes from breeding around your home.

Officials with the Lee Health and Naples Community Hospital healthcare systems both report a slight decrease Thursday in COVID-19 patient volumes. Lee Health’s four acute care hospitals are currently treating 296 COVID-19 positive patients, which is down from 310 patients Wednesday.

Despite Florida’s ongoing surge in new cases of the coronavirus, the Lee Health and Naples Community Hospital healthcare systems experienced a slight reduction over the weekend in the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in their acute care hospitals.

Lee Health is currently treating 335 COVID-19 positive patients, which is 18 fewer than on Friday. NCH is currently treating 121 COVID-19 positive patients, which is 11 fewer than before the weekend.

A recent Florida Department of Health report shows many labs in the state reporting 100% positivity rates for COVID-19 tests, meaning that every test they report is positive for the virus or that they’re simply not reporting negative test results, but NCH Healthcare System and Lee Health officials say that’s not the case.

Convalescent plasma treatment involves giving blood from someone who has recovered from COVID-19 to someone who is sick with it, in the hope that the antibodies the well person developed will help the sick person fight the disease.

It’s too early to have any large published studies on how effective convalescent plasma is in treating people with COVID-19. But it’s looking promising.

Lee Student Dies from COVID-19

Jun 25, 2020

A student of Cypress Lake High School in Lee County died Tuesday from COVID-19 complications.

The News-Press reports, 17-year-old Carsyn Davis was admitted to the Children's Hospital on Friday and transfered to the ICU with COVID-19 two days later, on her 17th birthday.

On Monday, Davis was airlifted to another hospital for additional cardiac and respiratory support. She died at 1:06 p.m. Tuesday.

Lee County Funds Antibody Study

Jun 18, 2020

Lee County Commissioners approved funding Tuesday for Florida Gulf Coast University researchers to conduct a COVID-19 antibody study.

The News-Press reports, commissioners approved spending no more than $450,000 dollars from the $134.5 million the county received from the federal CARES Act for the research.

The two-phase study is aimed at collecting more data to get a clearer picture of the community's true infection rate, which could help guide response to a potential second wave of the viral pandemic.

Duval, Lee Record Most Hepatitis A Cases

Dec 3, 2019
Hepatitis A vaccine
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Florida had 38 reported cases of hepatitis A last week, bringing the total number of cases this year to 3,163 as of Saturday, according to the state Department of Health. 

Florida’s problem with algal blooms has taken center stage, and efforts to mitigate it are in high demand. A partnership between two engineering and bioplastics companies aims to bring a new type of solution to the market. One Florida county is already trying it out.

Recent groundwater tests on a Lee County conservation property show levels of arsenic 30 times higher than the federal government allows in drinking water.

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Southwest Florida law enforcement agencies are checking Ford SUVs in their vehicle fleets to keep officers safe from carbon monoxide leaks.

Fort Myers News-Press

A fight is brewing over the right to build a hospital for southern Lee County, Fort Myers News-Press reports. HMA was first to file an application with the state; Lee Memorial Health System filed on Wednesday.