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Memorial service for Lee County corrections deputy lost to COVID-19

On Tuesday morning, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office honored one of its own, Corrections Deputy William Diaz, who died from COVID-19. He was not only a deputy, but a father, a husband, and friend to many. A service to celebrate his life was held at McGregor Baptist Church at 3750 Colonial Blvd. in Fort Myers. […]

Florida funeral home workers try to keep up with the dying

Richard Prindiville, director of Highland Funeral Home in Apopka, is used to working long days in what is a notoriously grueling profession. But nothing in his more than two decades in the business has prepared him for the torrent of death caused by the latest COVID-19 wave in the state. “There’s been days I’ve come […]

Steven Mazzotta

Lee County deputy dies of COVID-19 complications

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno announced Monday that a deputy has passed away due to COVID-19 complications. Lee County Deputy First Class Steven Mazzotta has died. Mazzotta joined LCSO in 2003. He was a part of the sheriff’s office’s corrections bureau and dedicated 18 years to it. His nephew, Sergeant Fortunato “Fred” Mazzotta, is also […]

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in 2020, says CDC

COVID-19 was the third leading cause of death in the United States last year, after heart disease and cancer, according to a report released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The figures are the latest reminder of the disease’s deadly toll on the United States, which the CDC says has claimed more […]

AP-NORC poll: 1 in 5 in US lost someone close in pandemic

About 1 in 5 Americans say they lost a relative or close friend to the coronavirus, highlighting the division between heartache and hope as the country itches to get back to normal a year into the pandemic. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research illustrates how the stage is set […]

US tops 4,000 daily deaths from coronavirus

The U.S. has topped 4,000 daily deaths from the coronavirus for the first time, breaking a record set just one day earlier. The tally from Johns Hopkins University shows the U.S. had 4,085 deaths Thursday. The U.S. had nearly 275,000 new coronavirus cases as well. The numbers are another reminder of the worsening situation following […]

CDC predicts U.S. coronavirus death toll could reach 321,000 by mid-December

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is predicting the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus could hit 321,000 by mid-December. By then, hospitals could be overflowing with patients in many parts of the country — and some are already preparing. A COVID-19 triage area has been set up in the lobby of Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center to make room […]