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DeSantis faces criticism for comments on COVID-19 vaccine

Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried who is running against Governor Ron DeSantis for his seat in 2022 is calling on journalists to fact check all elected officials after DeSantis publicly said vaccines are merely a personal choice. As COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Florida the governor is coming under fire for those comments by many of those in the medical community and on the front line of the COVID-19 battle. The number of children being hospitalized in Florida has increased more than tenfold as the number of COVID-19 cases has skyrocketed to new heights. “It’s about your health...

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Coronavirus infects vaccinated leader at Florida condo site

MIAMI, Fla. – A vaccinated Miami-Dade county commissioner who helped other local officials in Surfside following the collapse of a condominium building announced that he and his chief of staff tested positive for COVID-19. The news release late Sunday from Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jose “Pepe” Diaz said he and his chief of staff Isidoro Lopez, who also received a vaccine against COVID-19, came down with flu-like symptoms earlier in the day and later tested positive for the virus. “Staff and others who have been in close contact with them will be getting tested between...

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Health Matters: Helping Patients Address Anxiety and Depression

“How are things going with your husband? How are you getting along with your children? Have you been having any problems at work?” These are just a few of the basic questions health experts like Lee Health nurse practitioner Laura Partlow may ask at your next doctor’s visit. “A lot of people have symptoms of depression but they don’t want to talk about it because it’s stigmatized.” Symptoms of anxiety and depression can manifest differently for each patient. “It can be anywhere of physical symptoms of chronic pain, unexplained with no illness, it can be abdominal pain, or muscle aches...

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Florida reports rise in coronavirus cases over the past week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida health officials reported an increase in COVID-19 cases and a higher positive test rate over the past week. The number of virus cases in Florida rose by about 8,000 compared with the week before, for a total of 23,747 new cases, the state Department of Health reported Friday. New cases of the coronavirus have been on the rise in Florida over the past month. The rate of positive tests was 7.8% last week after trending at about 4% positivity in recent weeks. There were 172 deaths in Florida from COVID-19 last week, the health department reported. More than 2,300...

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Spectators not allowed at Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO, Japan / CNN — Venues for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan will not allow spectators. Japanese Prime Minister Yoshide Suga said the Games would take place under a coronavirus state of emergency. The announcement was made after five Olympic and Japanese government groups met to discuss the upcoming Olympics. Seiko Hashimoto with the Japanese Olympic Committee said, “A very heavy judgment was made.” Hashimoto said due to the pandemic, they have “no choice but to hold the Games in a limited way.” The post Spectators not allowed at Tokyo Olympics appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2...

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Lee Health president says COVID-19 patients has doubled in recent weeks

LEE COUNTY, Fla.– Lee Health’s President and CEO released a statement on COVID-19 in Southwest Florida on Wednesday. According to Dr. Larry Antonucci, the number of COVID-positive patients in their hospitals has doubled in the past few weeks. Lee Health is currently treating 60 COVID patients. The rise in positive cases is due in part to the Delta variant of the virus. Previous coverage: New COVID-19 variant could soon become dominant in the US “The Delta variant has posed new challenges, and is a possible reason for the increase in new hospitalizations. Even if you are...

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Lee Health reopens visitation hours

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Lee Health announced on Friday that they will be returning to pre-COVID-19 visitation hours for non-COVID-19 patients. Visitation hours will be open immediately from 8 AM to 8 PM. The number of visitors in a room at one time could be limited by the patient’s doctors depending on their condition. Visitation will not be allowed for COVID-19 patients, except in cases of ‘compassionate care’. If the visit is to a compassionate care patient, Lee Health officials say gowns, gloves and hospital-supplied masks will be required. Visitors will need to undergo...

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Casey Crowther learns his sentence for COVID-19 relief fraud tomorrow

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — Casey Crowther, the Lee County businessman who has been found guilty of COVID-19 relief fraud, will learn his prison sentence on Tuesday, June 28. Crowther could be sentenced to a total of 140 years in prison for bank fraud, providing a false statement to a lending institution, and two counts of illegal monetary transaction. Federal prosecutors accused Crowther of using coronavirus relief funds meant for his company, Target Roofing, to buy a house in Saint James City. Prosecutors also showed evidence to prove Crowther used PPP proceeds to buy a boat worth about $700,000....

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