The Village of Estero has compiled the most recent daily updates from the State of Florida, Lee County and the Village of Estero. This compilation provides updates from the governmental perspective. The information provided below was developed by our partner agencies for public consumption.
Village of Estero Update
Village Hall has closed the public lobbies as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 23.
- We will still be accepting online applications, records requests, requests for action related to roads and landscaping, and general inquiries.
- Our phone lines will remain open and we will have available a dropbox for paper building applications.
- All of our staff continues to work, but we are doing this to limit in-person contact, in order to help “flatten the curve”.
Village Council has asked the Village Manager to postpone the scheduling of future Council meetings, given our interest in adhering to CDC gatherings guidelines.
Many parks and Conservation 20/20 lands remain open for your enjoyment.
Lee County Update
- Meet with a medical provider from home! Many providers are offering “virtual visits” to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 through unnecessary office visits. #stayhomeSWFL
- PRICE GOUGING: Following the issuance of Executive Order 20-52 declaring a state of emergency, price gouging laws (§501.160) are currently in effect. “Price gouging” indicates that the current price of a commodity grossly exceeds the price in place for that same item 30 days immediately prior to Governor DeSantis’ Declaration of a State of Emergency. Price gouging can be reported by calling the Price Gouging Hotline at 1(866) 9NO-SCAM or by visiting MyFloridaLegal.com.
- Keep your family protected. Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, avoid sharing food and beverages, and practice frequent and thorough hand washing procedures. For more tips on preventing COVID-19 in your home, visit: https://fal.cn/37j0M. #COVID19
- Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno’s top priority is the health and safety of Lee County citizens. As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our community, we are taking proactive measures. Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an Executive Order that all boats must be 50-feet apart while on the waterways. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit will be out in full force this weekend to enforce this new order. Anyone violating or disobeying this Executive Order issued by the governor under a state of emergency could be issued a fine or subject to arrest. Please see the attached flyer and copy of the executive order for more information regarding social distancing on the waterways.
Lee County School District
- Online instruction to begin on Monday
State of Florida update (3/27/2020 8:30 pm)
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The State of Florida is responding to COVID-19. In an effort to keep Florida residents and visitors safe and aware regarding the status of the virus, the Florida Department of Health will issue this update every day, seven days per week.
Governor Ron DeSantis is in constant communication with Florida Division of Emergency Management Director Jared Moskowitz and State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees as the State of Florida continues to monitor and respond to the threat of COVID-19.
Today, Governor DeSantis held a briefing at the Florida Capitol and a briefing via live stream, where he announced additional efforts to respond to COVID-19:
• The National Guard is now stationed at Palm Beach County International Airport and Ft. Myers International Airport to help enforce the Governor’s order on travel from the New York Tri-State area. So far, the National Guard has collected 3,406 enforcement forms from New York travelers.
• All travelers from Louisiana will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. This will be executed through checkpoints along major highways where drivers will be directed to stop and fill out information regarding their Florida stay. Sheriffs and FHP will take lead on this. DOT will be placing signage along major roadways entering Florida. This excludes commercial travel.
• Governor DeSantis is directing a 14-day moratorium on the operation of vacation rentals in Florida.
• Palm Beach County has developed a new state-supported testing site at the Ballpark of Palm Beaches.
• The state will provide 1,000 swabs to each of the four counties with the highest number of positive COVID-19 cases (Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Hillsborough).
• As of today, SNAP recipients will receive an increased monthly allotment for March and April.
• The Governor has directed sales and use taxes to be due on April 30 (originally due April 20), and property taxes to be due April 15 (originally due March 31).
• The Governor asked the Attorney General to investigate Larkin Community Hospital in Hialeah in Miami-Dade, who has charged individuals $150 to get tested for COVID-19. Tests are free statewide.
• The Governor directed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to issue Emergency Order to enforce social distancing on waterways.
Actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
• At the direction of Governor DeSantis, State Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 in Florida.
• Governor DeSantis announced that the State ordered an additional 2,500 test kits to supplement the adequate resources already available to test for COVID-19. These additional test kits will enable the Department of Health, working with Florida health care providers, to test up to an additional 625,000 individuals. The Governor also suspended non-essential in state and all out-of-state travel for state employees for 30 days.
• Established an Incident Management Team to coordinate response operations.
• Defined a high-level phased response strategy for COVID-19.
• Activated a dedicated incident command post for on-site response activities.
• Conducted three public health and health care stakeholder conference calls to provide statewide updates on the current outbreak situation, response actions and guidance for pandemic planning. Over five hundred participants joined the calls.
• Established a public call center for questions regarding COVID-19. The call center launched Monday, March 2 and is open 24/7.
• Developed and distributed COVID-19 presentation materials to County Health Departments (CHD) for use at community meetings.
• Activated the Joint Information Center in coordination with the Division of Emergency Management.
• Developed and implemented protocols for investigation, surveillance and monitoring for COVID-19 to rapidly detect and contain cases.
• Established mechanisms for monitoring and coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding epidemiological activities.
• Distributed CDC Interim Guidance for public health personnel evaluating Persons Under Investigation (PUI) and asymptomatic close contacts of confirmed cases at their home or non-home residential settings to CHDs.
• Approved and disseminated an updated Clinician Screening Tool for identifying COVID-19 PUIs.
• Implemented testing at all three State Public Health Laboratories.
• Distributed updated CDC guidance for schools to CHDs and the Department of Education.
• Distributed updated lab