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Mobile pediatric clinic provides COVID vaccines for children 12+

FORT MYERS, Fla.– Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Mobile Pediatric Vaccination Clinic will be traveling around Southwest Florida to vaccinate children 12-years-old and up for COVID-19. There are no appointments for the mobile clinic, it is walk-up only. There is no charge to receive the COVID vaccine. Here is the schedule for the mobile clinic next week: Monday, June 14, 9 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Family Health Centers, 3415 Lee Blvd., Lehigh Acres Tuesday, June 15, noon- 3:30 p.m., Cypress Lake Middle/High School, 8901 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers Wednesday, June 16, noon- 3:30...

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Florida Department of Health will no longer release daily COVID-19 data

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health will no longer release daily COVID-19 data. State officials said Florida is transitioning into the next phase of the COVID-19 response. As more people get vaccinated and new case positivity rate decreases, FDOH has moved to a weekly reporting schedule for key COVID-19 data. More than 10.3 million Floridians have been vaccinated, which accounts for more than half of the state’s population, officials said. Eighty-five percent of Florida’s seniors have also been vaccinated. Health officials said Florida’s case positivity...

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Orlando International Airport welcomes first transatlantic flight since pandemic

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)– Florida’s busiest airport has started offering transatlantic flights again for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. A flight from Frankfurt, Germany was set to land at the Orlando International Airport on Wednesday evening. The trip will mark a return to normal travel, officials said. “It is a milestone for us here at Orlando International Airport,” said Phil Brown, CEO of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. The post Orlando International Airport welcomes first transatlantic flight since pandemic appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 (WBBH-...

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Disney Cruise Line will set sail on 2-night COVID test cruise

PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — After a catastrophic coronavirus cruise season, Disney Cruise Line will finally set sail later this month, the company said in a statement Tuesday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved the cruise line’s request to conduct a two-night simulation cruise on June 29 on the Disney Dream departing from Port Canaveral, the Associated Press reports. The federal government is getting ready to let cruises sail again, but only if nearly all passengers and crew are vaccinated against the virus. Gov. Ron DeSantis, however, signed a bill banning businesses from...

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Attention shoppers: Costco is bringing back free samples

CNN – Nothing enforces a return to normalcy like free samples. Costco is set to begin “a phased return to full sampling” early next month after a 14-month hiatus, the warehouse chain announced. Roughly 170 US locations will bring back food samples in the first week of June with “most of the remaining locations” returning toward the end of June, said Costco Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti on Thursday’s earning call. Sampling protocol will be adjusted for COVID-19 safety, including the samples being prepared behind plexiglass, made in smaller batches...

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Dogs might be able to sniff out COVID-19 infections, early research suggests

CNN – Dogs might be able to lend a helping paw in the fight against COVID-19, according to a new study published on Sunday. Scientist with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Durham University and the group Medical Detection Dogs finished Phase 1 of a trial examining if dogs can smell and identify a COVID-19 infection under controlled conditions. Six dogs participated in the study, ranging in ages from four to six years old. The group included Labrador, Golden Retriever and Cocker Spaniel breeds. Researchers said the dogs were able to pick up the scent of...

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Fort Myers woman on oxygen hopeful after months-long COVID battle

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Debbie Steele is a happy, COVID-free woman. On Friday, she dropped off cupcakes for her favorite people at Select Specialty Hospital. “I was here for 2.5 months fighting COVID,” Steele said. The 63-year-old’s battle with COVID-19 started in February when she found herself in Lee Memorial’s ICU. “I was sitting there and they swabbed my nose and told me I had COVID. The minute I laid down is when I started to flatline,” she said. In that moment, she said saw her family and her life flash before her eyes. “I already beat cancer. I’m not going to...

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Cape Coral company creates device to kill COVID-19 germs

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Inside a lab at Florida Gulf Coast University, scientists take a petri dish tainted with bacteria, slide it under a light, and within one second the pathogens had vanished. To get the answer on how that happened, we went to a nondescript building in Cape Coral. “This is where the magic happens,” said Peter Lehrer, Vice President of Project Development at Energy Harness Corporation. They specialize in commercial lighting, but at the start of the pandemic, as they were working remotely like most of us, they had an idea. “We thought what can...

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Edison Mall COVID-19 vaccine site to close next month

LEE COUNTY, Fla. — While we should stay vigilant and protect ourselves, local medical experts said that they’re cautiously optimistic about the future as vaccine sites start to close. It’s hard to imagine that just a few months ago, there were more people trying to get the vaccine than there were doses available. Now, after administering more than 200,000 vaccines, the Lee County Department of Health will be closing the doors of the vaccine site at Edison Mall. The Edison Mall vaccination site will officially close on June 18. After that, people will be able to...

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Hundreds of shallow graves found along Indian riverbanks

PRAYAGRAJ, India / NBC News — Police are investigating hundreds of bodies that were either buried in shallow sand graves or have washed up on the Ganges River banks, with some speculating on social media that they are remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and boats, the police used portable loudspeakers with microphones asking people not to dispose of the bodies in rivers. “We are here to help you perform the last rites,” police said. On Friday, rains exposed the cloth coverings of bodies buried in shallow sand graves on the riverbank in Prayagraj, a city in Uttar Pradesh state. Navneet...

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