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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 application

 

  • CDC
    • Practice “social distancing” by remaining at least 6 feet from others
    • Limit gatherings to 10 people or less
    • Tools like Zoom and Skype are great ways to stay connected virtually!
  • Lee Health
    • If you are experiencing acute COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, cough or runny nose, a doctor will see you via Lee Telehealth or your primary doctor via MyChart Video Visits. If the doctor suspects you have COVID-19, he or she will create a physician order and send it to our staff, who will then call to schedule an appointment for you to get tested at one of our mobile collection sites. These mobile collection sites are for patients with doctor’s orders and appointments only.  You can get started here:  https://www.leetelehealth.org/landing.htm
  • Lee County
    • All Lee County-owned parks and Conservation 20/20 preserves have now re-opened, except for Lakes Park.  A list of the parks reopened are included below.
      • Caloosahatchee Regional Park (north side only)
      • Hickey Creek Mitigation Park
      • JY Linear Park
      • Lehigh Acres Trailhead Park
      • Nalle Grade Park
      • Pineland Monument Park
      • Pinewood Trails Park
      • Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve (excluding the interpretive center)
      • Telegraph Creek Paddlecraft Launch
      • Tropical Point Park
      • Beaches are reopening and parks county-wide, with the exception of recreation centers (including the Estero Recreation Center)
  • Lee County School District
    • Online instruction continues, as in-person classes have been cancelled for the remainder of this school year.
    • The “grab and go” meal sites remain open while school is closed.  Here are the pick-up locations:
      • Mariner High School
      • Gulf Middle School
      • Hancock Creek Elementary  School
      • Harns Marsh Elementary School
      • Island Coast High School
      • J. Colin English Elementary School
      • Tanglewood Elementary School
  • South Florida Water Management District
    • Mandatory irrigation restrictions have been issued by the South Florida Water Management District, and are now in effect for all of Lee County
    • The restrictions limit residential irrigation to once per week and also include restrictions for nurseries, agricultural, golf course, and recreational water users.
    • This order does *not* apply to water needed for handwashing for COVID-19.
    • Get all the facts at: https://www.sfwmd.gov/content/lee-county-irrigation-restrictions
  • State of Florida
    • The “Safer at Home” executive order continues to be in effect.
    • Governor DeSantis has created an order that allows governments, such as ours, to reach meeting quorum via video or teleconferencing.  We will support virtual public attendance via our live stream and eComment card tools, which are already in place.

 

 

 

 

Lee County Update

  • As things begin to reopen to the public, we need to remain vigilant to #stopthespread of COVID-19. Take the Pledge and make sure you are doing your part to keep yourself and our community safe. https://fal.cn/37OKo #stayhomeSWFL #ITookthePledge
  • As of this morning, Lee County parks and preserves reopened to the public. While we encourage you to enjoy them and get out for fresh air, please follow all CDC guidelines and conduct yourselves responsibly so that we can continue to #slowthespread of COVID-19 in Southwest Florida. For a list of open parks, please visit LeeGov.com/Covid-19/open.
  • Beginning Wednesday, April 29, curbside pickup at some local libraries will be available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday for patrons who have items on hold at the following Lee County, FL Library locations: Cape Coral Lee County Library, Lakes Regional Library, North Fort Myers Library, South County Regional Library. Please refer to the video and location signage to utilize contactless pickup options. https://fal.cn/37NC4

Lee County School District

  • Three new schools and two new bus stops are being added to Grab & Go distribution sites on Monday morning the 27th.
    The new schools are Trafalgar Elementary and Caloosa Middle School in the West Zone and Three Oaks Middle School in the South Zone.
    The new stops are on bus route #9. 11:50 a.m. at River Rd & Cypress St. and 12:15 p.m. at Lavin Ln & Willis Rd.
    The full list of sites is available at https://www.leeschools.net/parent_port…/…/meal_pick_up_sites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State of Florida Update (updated 4/28/2020 at 9:30 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, President Donald Trump and Governor DeSantis held a joint press conference at the White House to discuss the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19.

  • Video of the press conference is available here.

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

  • DOH issued Emergency Order 20-006, which waives the requirement that a pharmacist has to be separately licensed to perform a clinical laboratory test.
  • As of April 28, approximately 2,906 Florida National Guardsmen (FLNG) are currently deployed to support Florida’s response to COVID-19.
  • FLNG’s has expanded its support to mobile testing teams and the community-based and walk-up test sites. To date, the FLNG has assisted in the testing of more than 90,020 individuals for the COVID-19 virus.
  • At the direction of Governor DeSantis, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has established 15 drive-thru and walk-up testing sites across the state, with more coming online. Floridians can find a site near them at floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/.
  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program is now available to all eligible Floridians. Floridians can visit floridajobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply for federal or state benefits. Individuals may also call 1-833-FL-Apply (1-833-352-7759) for any questions they may have.
  • DOEA announced the launch of its Robotic Therapeutic Companion Pet Program to provide comfort and engagement to older adults and Families living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia.
  • EFI is conducting regional calls with stakeholders across the state this week to identify ideas for long-range economic recovery.
  • The Department of Revenue has issued an emergency order extending certain corporate income tax (CIT) due dates. For corporations with a fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2019, the due date for Florida CIT payments is extended to June 1, 2020. For corporations with fiscal years ending Dec. 31, 2019, Jan. 31, 2020, or Feb. 29, 2020, the due date for Florida CIT returns is extended to August 3, 2020. The due dates for Florida CIT payments for corporations with fiscal years ending Jan. 31 or Feb. 29, 2020, remain June 1, 2020 and July 1, 2020, respectively.
  • FDOT is leading the coordination of DOH and the Florida Highway Patrol to implement Executive Order 20-86. To date, more than 11,900 traveler forms have been collected at the I-10 and I-95 checkpoints.
  • FDOT continues to coordinate with public use airports, DOH and law enforcement to implement Executive Order 20-80. To date, more than 19,200 traveler forms have been collected at public use airports across the state.

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

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

  • DOH issued Emergency Order 20-006, which waives the requirement that a pharmacist has to be separately licensed to perform a clinical laboratory test in an effort to increase COVID-19 testing.
  • DOH is utilizing Rapid Emergency Support Teams to expand testing capabilities in long-term care facilities.
  • DOH announced that the list of long-term care facilities in Florida associated with COVID-19 cases will now include active cases in each facility in order to provide real-time data. The list of long-term care facilities with active COVID-19 cases is available here.
  • DOH is providing a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county. Previously, this information was only available for select communities. The surveillance data report is available here.
  • The Florida Department of Health (DOH) worked with local communities to establish additional walk-up testing sites in Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Miami-Dade, Duval, Orange and Leon counties.
  • 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.

FLORIDA DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

  • At the direction of Governor DeSantis, the state has established 15 drive-thru and walk-up testing sites across the state, with more coming online. More than 85,000 people have been tested at these sites. Floridians can find a site near them at floridadisaster.org/covid19/testing-sites/.
  • To date, the Florida Division of Emergency Management has sent the following PPE to support health care workers and first responders:
    • More than 16 million masks
    • More than 8.5 million gloves
    • More than 1.2 million face shields
    • More than 1 million shoe covers
    • 330 thousand gowns
    • More than 200 thousand containers of hand sanitizer
    • 49 thousand goggles
    • 35 thousand coveralls
  • For long-term care facilities alone, we have sent out:
    • Nearly 7 million masks
    • Nearly 1 million gloves
    • More than 500,000 face shields
    • 160,000 gowns
  • Find more information on DEM’s response to COVID-19 here.

FLORIDA AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

  • 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 more than 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.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL REGULATION

  • 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.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

  • 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.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

  • FDC has distributed cloth face coverings to all correctional officers and inmates at correctional institutions statewide.
  • 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.
  • Find more information on FDC’s response to COVID-19 here.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

  • The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program is now available to all eligible Floridians. Floridians can visit floridajobs.org and select “File a Claim” to apply for federal or state benefits. Individuals may also call 1-833-FL-Apply (1-833-352-7759) for any questions they may have.
  • Beginning April 20, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) will provide daily updates on the efforts made to address the challenges to Florida’s Reemployment Assistance program in response to COVID-19. This includes a new State Reemployment Assistance Claims Dashboard that will be updated daily to reflect the total number of Reemployment Assistance Claims submitted, verified, processed, and paid.
  • Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-104 waiving the requirement for Floridians to claim their weeks for Reemployment Assistance.
  • 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 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.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

  • The Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning, in coordination with local early learning coalitions, has prioritized and increased access to childcare services for first responders and health care professionals by creating an expedited referral process to swiftly provide priority access.
  • Florida College System institutions and private institutions across the state have donated more than 130 ventilators typically used in medical training programs to local hospitals, community medical centers and other facilities.
  • Since April 1, 2020, when the Department of Education announced the waiver of certification exam fees, more than 31,000 educators have signed up to take the Florida Teacher Certification Examination using the waiver. This translates into over 62,000 actual exam registrations for a savings value of more than $8 million for Florida educators.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Florida Virtual School has created the Online Learning Community with engaging and informative content for teachers and parents of K-12 students.
  • 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. The Department of Education has compiled dozens of free distance learning resources on its emergency response page here.
  • Find more information on The Department of Education’s response to COVID-19 here.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ELDER AFFAIRS

  • DOEA Announced the launch of its Robotic Therapeutic Companion Pet Program to provide comfort and engagement to older adults and Families living with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia.
  • DOEA disseminated National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day material from the Administration on Community Living to all Area Agencies on Aging.
  • 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 for Emergency 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.

ENTERPRISE FLORIDA

  • EFI is conducting regional calls with stakeholders across the state this week to identify ideas for long-range economic recovery.
  • Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) recently announcedthe suspension of initial fees for its Microfinance Loan Guarantee Program to support Florida’s small business community impacted by COVID-19. Interested businesses must apply through a local lender. For further information please contact your lender or visit Enterprise Florida’s website.
  • See resources compiled by EFI for businesses impacted by COVID-19 here.

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

  • 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.

FLORIDA OFFICE OF FINANCIAL REGULATION

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HIGHWAY SAFETY AND MOTOR VEHICLES

  • 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.

FLORIDA OFFICE OF INSURANCE REGULATION

  • 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