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.
  • Village Council is expected to hold a virtual meeting on Wednesday, April 22nd.  The guidelines for public participation are provided, below.
    • View the meeting online, but do not participate: https://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/
    • View the meeting online as indicated above and provide public comment during the meeting by utilizing the eComment Card feature on the Village website: https://estero-fl.gov/ecomment-cards/.  Please fill out all required information. Comments received during the agenda item being discussed will be read into the record.
    • The Council Chambers will be available for public comment, limited to a maximum of 10 people in the room at a time, including Staff, in accordance to social distancing orders.  Participants are recommended to wear their own-supplied mask.  Social distancing requirements will be strictly enforced.





Lee County Update

Lee County School District

Dear School District of Lee County Families and Employees,

With the safety and health of our students, employees, families, and community continuing to be our top priority and based on the recommendation from the Governor of Florida, we have made the decision to continue distance learning in Lee County Schools through the end of the school year.
While we realize this is extremely disappointing for all of us and not the outcome that we would have wanted, it is a necessary step in order for us to do our part in continuing to stop the spread of COVID-19 and making sure we keep you and your students safe. Rest assured that during the school closures, we will continue providing services, including online learning opportunities, meals to our students, and emotional support.

We are looking forward to honoring our seniors during graduation ceremonies. We continue to work on what that may look like and we will provide our families with information as soon as we have it.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. For more information and helpful resource links, please continue visiting our website leeschools.net/covid-19.


Dr. Greg Adkins
Superintendent, SDLC







State of Florida Update (updated 4/19/2020 7:00 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.

Recent actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:

  • As of April 19, approximately 2,317 Florida National Guardsmen (FLNG) are currently deployed to support Florida’s response to COVID-19.
  • FLNG has expanded its support to mobile testing teams and the community-based and walk-up test sites. To date, FLNG has assisted in the testing of over 59,520 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
  • Task Force AID is preparing for the opening of the USACE Alternate Care Facility (ACF) at the Miami Beach Convention Center. FLNG will provide Guardsmen to conduct medical support operations.
  • Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 schools continue distance learning and keep school campuses closed through June 3, the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • To-date, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has sent out:
    • 8 million masks, including N-95, procedure and surgical masks
    • 5 million gloves,
    • 564,000 shoe covers,
    • 615,000 face shields,
    • 300,000 gowns,
    • More than 100,000 containers of hand sanitizer,
    • 47,000 goggles,
    • 22,000 coveralls.
    • Additional actions the state has taken to respond to COVID-19:


  • 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 a public call center for questions regarding COVID-19. The call center launched Monday, March 2, and is open 24/7.
  • 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 laboratory guidance regarding implementation of testing at State Public Health Laboratories.
  • Implemented private lab testing.
  • Developed and disseminated pandemic planning guidance.
  • Advised CHDs and HCCs to retain expired personal protective equipment until further notice.
  • Florida Department of Health is coordinating on mobile field hospital planning.
  • DOH strike teams have completed assessments for 3,874 long term care facilities to determine immediate unmet needs and promote appropriate infection control practices.
  • DOH strike teams have responded to long term care facilities with COVID-19 positive patients.
  • DOH continues to work toward increasing capabilities at drive through, walk up and mobile COVID-19 testing sites.


  • This week, FDEM continued the unprecedented push of personal protective equipment (PPE) to first responders and health care workers. This includes:
    • 800,000 N-95 face masks,
    • 2 million procedure masks,
    • 100,000 face shields,
    • 500,000 gloves,
    • 60,000 containers of hand sanitizer,
    • 35,000 gowns.
  • With this week’s push, the Division has sent out:
    • 8 million masks, including N-95, procedure and surgical masks
    • 5 million gloves,
    • 564,000 shoe covers,
    • 615,000 face shields,
    • 300,000 gowns,
    • More than 100,000 containers of hand sanitizer,
    • 47,000 goggles,
    • 22,000 coveralls.
  • Find more information on DEM’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • On April 14, AHCA issued Emergency Order AHCA 20-002 to temporarily suspend nursing home and Intermediate Care Facility assessment payments for March 2020 to help alleviate financial burdens. This EO suspension aims to alleviate financial burdens incurred at these facilities due to COVID-19.
  • The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) has created new temporary Personal Care Attendant program to help long-term care facilities fill staffing shortages. The program provides an 8-hour training on assisting with direct care so that personal care attendants can temporarily perform additional duties.
  • AHCA has been working with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to ensure current Medicaid recipients maintain benefits during the state of emergency. Medicaid application deadlines have also been extended.
  • AHCA has made on-site visits to over 900 long-term care and residential facilities since the onset of the COVID-19 emergency. Additionally, AHCA has made over 5,000 telephone calls to residential providers statewide to assess infection control and prevention strategies, ensure county health department and local emergency operations center contact information are up to date, and assess supplies (specifically PPE).
  • Find more information on AHCA’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) has updated its dedicated compliance complaint form to include an option for reporting vacation rental compliance concerns. The Department’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants continues to monitor, review, and assign complaints received through this form for follow-up by division inspectors.
  • Find more information on DBPR’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • Per the Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) request, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved Florida’s waiver to permit the state to launch a pilot project that will allow families to purchase groceries online with their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card. DCF will continue to work closely with the USDA and participating retailers to implement this project by April 21, 2020.
  • Under Governor DeSantis’ direction, DCF has temporarily increased SNAP recipients’ benefit amount to the maximum monthly allotment based on household size.
  • DCF worked with DOH to develop precautionary protocols for child welfare professionals and adult protective investigators who may have to make in-person visits to ensure the safety of those vulnerable populations.
  • Find more information on DCF’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • The Florida Department of Corrections (FDC) is closely aligned with the CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities.
  • New inmate commitments from county jails undergo additional screening and 14-day quarantine before placement within the general population.
  • FDC has suspended visitation and volunteer programs at all correctional institutions statewide.
  • FDC correctional officers are authorized to wear approved face coverings or masks while working.
  • Find more information on FDC’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • Governor DeSantis issued an Executive Order waiving the requirement for Floridians to claim their weeks for Reemployment Assistance. Read the Executive Order here.
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced more than 1,000 small businesses have been awarded more than $49 million from the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan.
  • Governor DeSantis has waived the work search and work registration requirements for individuals requesting Reemployment Assistance benefits, as well as the waiting week for receiving benefits. For more information, see the Reemployment Assistance Frequently Asked Questions.
  • The Business Damage Assessment survey is activated and continues to accept surveys to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Florida’s local business operations and determine the appropriate actions for recovery.
  • Find more information on DEO’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • Governor Ron DeSantis and Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran announced that 32,614 laptop computers are being distributed to 34 mostly small, rural school districts throughout Florida and the Florida A&M University Developmental Research School.
  • The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has delayed the deadline for teacher certification requirements and offered a fee waiver for testing. More than 22,000 teachers have taken advantage of the fee waiver so far.
  • DOE continues to participate in multiple webinars on a weekly basis to provide technical assistance to stakeholders and education providers for distance learning.
  • The Florida Department of Education (DOE) has compiled resources, information, and best practices for distance learning on its emergency response page.
  • The Florida Virtual School has created the Online Learning Community with engaging and informative content for teachers and parents of K-12 students.
  • Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis and Commissioner of Education Richard Corcoran recommended that all Florida public and private K-12 schools continue distance learning and keep school campuses closed through June 3rd, the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • Find more information on The Department of Education’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • Pursuant to Executive Order 20-52 issued by Governor DeSantis, the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) issued Emergency Order 20-01 on March 31 pertaining to in-person guardian visitation requirements where COVID-19 response and mitigation measures prevent such visits.
  • DOEA issued Guidance in furtherance of Order 20-01 on March 31 for Public and Professional Guardians to remain in compliance with Florida Statute 744.361(14).
  • DOEA continues to provide technical assistance to Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) regarding meals, billing, data entry, shopping assistance, telephone reassurance, health and wellness programs, and the elder helpline.
  • Find more information on DOEA’s COVID-19 response here.



  • Effective March 23, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has closed all Florida State Parks to the public. Park field staff are on site to maintain grounds.
  • Effective March 24, public access to lands within DEP’s Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas is closed. This includes state-owned uplands, such as beaches, islands, sand bars and emergent shoals within aquatic preserves. Vessel landings are strictly prohibited.
  • On April 1, DEP issued an Emergency Final Order (EFO) granting a 30-day extension to the deadline for its regulated facilities to submit routine paperwork and reports.
  • Find more information on DEP’s response to COVID-19 here.


  • The Office of Financial Regulation (OFR) has issued Emergency Order 2020-02 extending certain filing deadlines for Florida’s financial services providers.
  • OFR has issued Emergency Order 2020-01 extending certain renewal deadlines for money services businesses.
  • Find more information on OFR’s COVID-19 response and available resources here.


  • At the direction of Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) has issued an Emergency Order extending all Florida driver licenses, commercial driver licenses and identification cards that expire March 16 through April 30, 2020.
  • The Florida Highway Patrol is assisting with the implementation and enforcement of Executive Order 20-86 at the direction of Governor DeSantis.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order 20-52 issued by Governor DeSantis, FLHSMV Executive Director Rhodes has waived commercial truck hours of service regulations and other related regulations so that emergency supplies, equipment, commodities and resources can be moved more quickly and efficiently throughout the state.
  • Find more information on FLHSMV’s COVID-19 response here.


  • The Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) has issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-06M providing guidance on the use of technology to help combat the spread of COVID-19, including encouraging insurers to broaden access to care for telehealth services, and requesting Pharmacy Benefit Managers to transition to an electronic audit process in order to avoid unnecessary risk and maintain social distancing.
  • OIR has issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-05M reminding insurers of applicable statutes regarding workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation insurers are expected to comply with all of the provisions of Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Law.
  • OIR has issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-03M directing all insurers and other entities regulated by OIR to review and update their business continuity and/or continuity of operations plans. Companies are directed to immediately contact OIR if their continuity plans are activated and/or if business operations become compromised so it can work with insurers to avoid any disruption in consumer services.
  • OIR has issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-04M providing general guidance on the treatment of policyholders as part of the state’s ongoing efforts to protect Floridians.
  • OIR has issued Informational Memorandum OIR-20-02M as a reminder to all health insurers, health maintenance organizations, and other health entities to allow for early prescription refills.
  • Find more information on OIR’s COVID-19 response here.


  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has suspended visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 30, 2020.
  • DJJ has also instituted additional screening measures for essential personnel and vendors within juvenile facilities.
  • Find more information on DJJ’s COVID-19 response here.


  • The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) continues to monitor protests held across the nation in relation to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders for threats or violence.
  • FDLE continues to work with the Florida Police Chiefs Association and the Florida Sheriffs Association to monitor law enforcement staffing impacts and staffing needs due to COVID-19.
  • FDLE continues to work with all Florida law enforcement entities on obtaining PPE needs.
  • FDLE and FHP continue to facilitate the escort of testing collection kits statewide.
  • FDLE continues to work with the Florida Sheriffs Association and Florida Police Chiefs Association to provide support to FHP at 1-10 and 1-95 checkpoints.
  • FDLE continues to work with ESF-16 partners on airport screening missions.
  • Find more information on FDLE’s COVID-19 response here.


  • Effective March 23, Florida Lottery Headquarters and district offices are closed to the public until further notice.
  • Find more information on the Florida Lottery’s COVID-19 response here.


  • The Department of Management Services (DMS) launched a dedicated telework webpage (fl.gov) to provide resources and tutorials for employees and employers operating in a remote work environment.
  • At the Governor’s direction, DMS Secretary Jonathan Satter issued an emergency order to ensure federal benefits granted through The Families First Coronavirus Response Act are available to employees.
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