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Slight shift in coronavirus cases in Lee County

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lee County climbed to 20,025 on Monday from 19,176 a week earlier, an increase of approximately 4%. That represents an increase from last week's change of 1.8% while statewide statistics maintained the same pace they have been on for the past month. On ...

DeSantis appoints Rep. Eagle to head Florida Dept. of Economic Opportunity

Governor Ron DeSantis appointed State House Majority Leader Dane Eagle (R-Cape Coral) to become the next executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). "Leader Eagle is an experienced legislator, a family man, and the right choice to lead DEO,” said Gov. ...

Commissioners approve Conservation 20/20 land purchases

The Lee Board of County Commissioners today Tuesday to approve the purchase of two parcels for Conservation 20/20 totaling more than 600 acres, including land adjacent to Four Mile Cove Ecological Park in Cape Coral and land in Alva. The parcels involve about 193.82 acres located on Four Mile ...

Cape Council talks taxes

Cape Coral City Council made significant changes to the city's mowing program Monday, changing the number of mows on each empty lot and so raising the annual assessment.Gary Eidson, speaking as a resident and not as a member of the Budget Review Committee upon which he serves, said the rules ...

Cape cancels anniversary celebration

After moving the traditional July 4th celebration to Labor Day weekend in recognition of the city of Cape Coral's 50th anniversary, officials on Monday cancelled the event, citing the coronavirus pandemic.Kerry Runyon, Parks and Recreation director, said there was simply no way they could ...

COVID cases near 442,000 mark

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, there are 441,977 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in Florida, an increase of 9,230 since FDOH's last update Monday morning.More than 90,200 test results were reported to the Department of Health on Monday, July 27. Of those reported tests, 11.69 percent tested ...

Health department to work with school district on COVID contact tracing

The Florida Department of Health provided a special presentation to the school board Monday regarding contact tracing of COVID-19 and how both entities can work together once school resumes.Superintendent Dr. Greg Adkins said the Florida Department of Health has been wonderful through the ...

Health leaders ask for mandatory masks in Lee

Members of the Lee Health Facility Medical Executive Committee has sent a letter to Lee County Board of County Commissioners Chair Brian Hamman, requesting a countywide mask mandate "in public places and inside businesses where social distancing is not always feasible."The letter sent by ...