August back-to-school safety event in Port Charlotte

The Florida Department of Health in Charlotte County has partnered with Sonshine Baptist Church and Safe Kids Southwest Florida for back-to-school festivities in August. The event will include a food pantry, school supplies, and goodie bags. There will be vendors on-site for people to visit. DOH-Charlotte will be giving out bicycle helmets and fitting them […]

FDOH-Collier books all vaccine appointments for Feb. 1-3

FDOH-Collier County has booked all vaccine appointments for the week. Appointments opened at 9 a.m. Sunday and were booked by 9:20 a.m. Upcoming vaccination dates are: Monday, Feb. 1 Tuesday, Feb. 2 Wednesday, Feb. 3 Appointments are scheduled between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., at North Collier Regional Park Soccer Fields, 15000 Livingston Road, Naples, […]

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FDOH-Collier offering appointment-only COVID-19 testing

The Florida Department of Health is offering appointment only COVID-19 testing on February 2. The testing site will be located at 3339 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, 34112. DOH-Collier is asking that masks be worn at all times and that those with appointments be aware that inclement weather can slow down or shutdown the testing site. To […]

Lee County, Publix vaccine appointments filled within minutes

Once again, all available COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Lee County and through Publix were booked within minutes on Wednesday, leaving thousands to try again. Brian Douglas is one of them. He fired up his computer at 6 a.m. and went to Publix’s appointment website. “I got a message that said, you’re in the queue; then […]

FDOH investigating evidence of first case of UK COVID-19 variant in Florida

Florida Department of Health confirms Thursday it is investigating evidence of the first identified case of the UK COVID-19 variant in the state. According to the FDOH tweet, a 20-year-old man in Martin County has likely contracted the UK COVID-19 variant. He has no recent travel history. FDOH is working with the CDC during this […]

DOH-Lee cancels remaining COVID-19 testing and vaccine outreach walk-up dates

The Department of Health in Lee County has announced that it will be canceling its remaining COVID-19 testing and Hepatitis A and Flu vaccine pop-up dates for the month of December. DOH Lee has shifted its focuses to providing the COVID-19 vaccine to frontline health care workers and adults 65 and older. The DOH still […]

Former state employee sues Florida over search warrant

A former Florida Department of Health employee sued the state on Monday over a search warrant executed on her house after investigators said they identified a message sent from a computer at the address to health department employees. Rebekah Jones, who was fired in May for insubordination after repeatedly violating department policy about communicating with […]

DOH in Lee County releases December walk-up COVID-19 testing schedule

The Florida Department of Health in Lee County has announced its walk-up COVID-19 testing schedule for the month of December. In addition to COVID-19 testing, DOH also offers influenza vaccinations and Hepatitis A vaccines. The flu vaccine is for anyone who is six months and older and is not sick. The Hepatitis A vaccine is […]

Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard creator fired after claims about manipulating data

The creator of Florida’s dashboard that illustrates cases of the coronavirus said she was forced out of the job for refusing to manipulate data, and the governor’s office said Tuesday she has been fired for “insubordination.” The dashboard just one month ago was singled out as an example of transparency by Dr. Deborah Birx, a […]