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Collier County

  • In this week's health news, Florida doctors will be able to order COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5 from the federal government, NCH closes its psychiatric unit, and Florida adds a new color to its Alert System.
  • En las noticias de salud de esta semana, los médicos de Florida podrán solicitar al gobierno federal vacunas contra el COVID-19 para niños menores de 5 años, NCH cierra su unidad psiquiátrica y Florida agrega un nuevo color a su Sistema de Alerta
  • The largest Burmese python ever discovered in Florida was captured from the Everglades and brought to the Conservancy of Southwest Florida for research. The female python, weighing in at 215 pounds and 18 feet long, had 122 eggs inside of her, which is the largest egg count ever recorded for a python.
  • For nearly 40 years, high school students in Collier County have been given the opportunity to learn about their county’s government through a program called Know Your County Government. They get a first-hand look at the work being done behind the scenes in their community.
  • En las noticias de esta semana, el departamento de salud les recuerda a los residentes que estén al tanto de las enfermedades relacionadas con el calor, y la superintendente del distrito escolar del condado de Collier dejará su puesto.
  • Los Estados Unidos ya no requiere una prueba COVID-19 negativa para abordar un vuelo, el departamento de salud ofrecerá pruebas Covid gratuitas para los residentes de immokalee, y se retira del mercado un aerosol nasal Snorestop.
  • The Collier County Board of Commissioners will meet May 10 to vote on a Local Rental Ordinance which would require landlords to give their tenants 60 days written notice for rent increases over 5%.
  • The Collier Board of County Commissioners unanimously approved adding 12 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) positions to the county’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) division.The hiring of 12 people is supposed to ensure the county’s EMS operations has sufficient staffing to support ambulance services, reduce overtime for paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and to provide plans for EMS expansion throughout the next two years.
  • Ahead of the 2022 hurricane season beginning June 1, the Collier County Public Utilities Department is working on a project to increase critical infrastructure resiliency. The goal is to make it more certain that residents will have water services after a big storm.
  • One grocery store in a community of roughly 25,000 people. This community has a poverty rate of 32%. The majority of the population is either Black or Latino. The median household income is roughly $33,000 a year, just $7,000 above Florida’s federal poverty line.About 50 miles away in the same county, an affluent city bursts with life and luxury. The City of Naples has an average household income of $118,141 with a poverty rate of 8%.Social determinants of health are a major reason why people born in one part of Collier County are expected to live 15 years longer than those in other parts of the county, according to life expectancy estimates from the U.S. Census Tract and the National Center for Health Statistics.