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.
Lee County Update
- There are many resources available to help relieve the financial burden caused by COVID-19. If you are in need of food, medical, or housing assistance, please visit: https://fal.cn/37lWp. #COVID19
- School District of Lee County has expanded their “Grab and Go” food program for families in need. This will continue as long as remote schooling is taking place. Visit their website to find locations, including bus route drop-offs, near you. https://fal.cn/37ldu
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, effective April 1, 2020, has been enacted to protect employees who may be affected by COVID-19. Learn what benefits you are entitled to, and how to determine if you qualify: https://fal.cn/37laS. #COVID19
Lee County School District
- Online instruction to begin on Monday
- Based on recommendations from the Florida Department of Education, the School District of Lee County will extend its school closures until May 1, 2020. Additional school closures will be re-evaluated by the Florida Department of Education prior to May 1st, and any changes will continue to be communicated to our families.
In addition, the USDA has authorized the State of Florida to waive the requirement for children to be present during meal pick-up. Parents/guardians will now be able to pick up meals and take them home to their children.
For information regarding the District’s Distance Learning Plan, Grab & Go Meal locations, graduating senior requirements, and additional resources for families, please visit https://www.leeschools.net/distance_learning.
District staff continue to work with the Florida Department of Education to ensure students will not be negatively impacted by the changes to their learning process.
Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate through this unprecedented situation.
State of Florida Update 3/30/2020 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 briefings at the Palm Beach County testing site and the testing site at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, where he announced additional efforts to respond to COVID-19:
- Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-89 to provide unified and locally supported direction to Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
- This order will require Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach County residents to follow the same directives with respect to essential and non-essential businesses as provided in the executive orders signed by Mayor Gimenez of Miami-Dade County beginning on March 19.
- Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-88 to allow recently retired law enforcement an healthcare personnel to immediately return to the workforce.
- Governor DeSantis announced that a new testing site is opening Tuesday in Palm Beach at the FITTEAM Ball Park of the Palm Beaches. The Florida Division of Emergency Management has delivered 1,000 collection kits to get the site started and Governor DeSantis deployed 75 Florida National Guard soldiers to assist with traffic and logistics.
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 en