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COVID Health Minute February 11, 2022

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From WGCU, I’m Tiffany Pulido with this week's coronavirus news.

COVID cases are steadily declining for a third consecutive week in both Lee and Collier counties according to a report by the Florida Department of Health. The Fort Myers News-Press reports that last week, Collier county had 1,777 cases. That’s a 25% decrease from the previous week. And Lee County reported 4,882 cases. That’s a 29% decrease from the week prior. Together, both counties had 25,000 fewer cases in the last week of January.

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Video edited by Samantha Romero.

The Florida Department of Health says 65% of Lee County residents are now fully vaccinated. In Collier County, more than 72% are fully vaccinated. According to the CDC, a fully vaccinated person has received either two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The public can get free COVID testing and vaccines in Immokalee from the Department of Health. Just stop by on February 11th between 9 am to 4 pm at the DOH’s Immokalee office on 419 N. First Street. The Johnson & Johnson and Moderna vaccines are available. Kids 5 and older can get the Pfizer vaccine as long as they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

For COVID-19 testing, you can visit the office from 9 am to noon on Sunday, February 13th. Only PCR testing is available and offered on a first-come-first-served basis. No appointment is needed to get tested or vaccinated, but the Department of Health does require the use of face masks in their office.

To get the latest on testing and vaccines, go to the Healthcare Network’s website at healthcareswfl.org.

One final note, the Department of Health’s Lee County office is moving their COVID-19 testing location to 3920 Michigan Ave. in Fort Myers. Moving forward, that testing site will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Schedule an appointment online or call (904) 295-0562 for more information.