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Lee Health: Continue COVID-19 mitigation precautions

May 28, 2020
By CJ HADDAD ( , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

As droves of residents ventured out over the holiday weekend, Lee Health officials urged to the public to continue to social distancing practices.

Cases did increase over the weekend, Lee Health President Dr. Larry Antonucci stated on May 27. He was also displeased with what he saw over the weekend.

"We are seeing cases of COVID-19 rise in our community," he wrote on Twitter on May 26. "On the one hand, this is not surprising since more people are getting tested. On the other hand, however, we have to take any increase in cases seriously and watch our numbers carefully to ensure we have the capacity, personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies we need to care for our community.

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"This past weekend, as I was out and about in our community, I noticed people not heeding the advice of the CDC - not wearing a mask or face covering and not keeping a safe distance between themselves and others. These are the critical actions and behaviors that we need to incorporate into our daily lives to decrease the possibility of a second wave of cases," Antonucci continued. "So, while reopening our community is a welcomed sight for so many reasons, we cannot relax our efforts to protect ourselves and each other. Please continue to practice physical social distancing, good hand hygiene and wear a mask when you are out in public."

He said Lee Health supports the reopening of local beaches and businesses, but in a safe manner. Antonucci said it is in the hands of the residents to continue to safely go about their business.

He also asked residents to wear masks in public, even if they find it uncomfortable or silly.

"Continue to practice good hand hygiene and wear a mask when in public. Everyone is vulnerable to this virus, and they help keep our community safe," Antonucci said. "It is OK to leave our homes, enjoy some fresh air and grab a bite to eat, but we must not become complacent as Florida works through its reopening phases."



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