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Companies could legally require employees to get vaccinated

FORT MYERS, Fla. — More and more people are getting vaccinated from the coronavirus every single day. That means getting life back to normal, and for many, back to work.  But can your employer ask if you got your vaccine? Or even more, can your work require you to get a shot?  “Yes,” says Attorney Lance Dunford, a partner at the Law Firm of Scott T. Moorey. “The simple answer is yes.” Employers can even go as far as to see your vaccine card, despite Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order against vaccine passports.  “What’s on this vaccination card does not give any...

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Sunday, May 16

Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Sunday, May 16. Additional case data compares to the previous update. TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,292,004 (+2,482)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 36,798 (+22)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA:  131,864 (+183) LEE COUNTY –  72,162 (+119) | 986 (+0)COLLIER COUNTY –  36,445 (+41) | 538 (+0)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –  13,131 (+19) | 425 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY –  4,788 (+2) | 84 (+1)DESOTO COUNTY –  4,373 (+2) | 94 (+1)GLADES COUNTY –  965 (+0) | 19 (+0) The post Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Sunday, May 16 appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2...

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Saturday, May 15

Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Saturday, May 15. Additional case data compares to the previous update. TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,289,522 (+3,319)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 36,776 (+57)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 131,681 (+276) LEE COUNTY – 72,043 (+165) | 986 (+2)COLLIER COUNTY – 36,404 (+60) | 538 (+0)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –13,112 (+33) | 425 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY – 4,786 (+8) | 83 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY – 4,371 (+9) | 93 (+0)GLADES COUNTY – 965 (+1) | 19 (+0) The post Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Saturday, May 15 appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Fort Myers

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Medical experts debunk rumors about vaccines causing infertility

FORT MYERS, Fla.– We’ve all read rumors on social media before. The saying goes, you can’t believe everything you read online.  Well, recently there have been a lot of rumors swirling around social media about the COVID-19 vaccine.  The latest fear is someone with the vaccine can “radiate” harmful particles, or spike proteins, to women, disrupting their reproductive system. Recently, misinformation is being spread that the vaccine can impact women’s menstrual cycle. Some even say it can harm fertility or even causing a miscarriage.  This is definitely not true, according...

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Masks are no longer mandatory outside at Disney parks

ORLANDO, Fla.– Following the CDC updating their guidelines on masks, Disney World announced they will no longer require guests to wear facial coverings outside at their parks. Masks will still be required inside, on transportation and on attractions. Social distancing will still be practiced at Disney World. The post Masks are no longer mandatory outside at Disney parks appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Fort Myers

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Diocese of Venice in Florida will no longer require masks at Mass

SOUTHWEST, Fla.– The Diocese of Venice in Florida announced a change to it’s mask policy on Friday. Masks and social distancing are no longer mandatory during mass. They are also not required at Parish activities or gatherings. “Masks remain encouraged and certainly permitted, particularly for those who are not yet vaccinated,” said Bishop Frank J. Dewane in a Facebook post. Children in a Catholic School or religious education program will continue to wear masks for the rest of the school year. Bishop Dewane mentioned in the Facebook post that this decision was made...

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Experts say it’s normal to feel uncomfortable about no masks

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Feeling weird about taking the mask off after months of having to put one on? Experts said it’s normal. “It was hard for us to put our masks on, so of course it’s going to be more challenging for some of us to take them off,” said Florida Gulf Coast University Counseling Center Director Dr. Alise Bartley.  This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released new guidance saying anyone who is fully vaccinated can opt not to wear a mask in most situations, indoors or out. Dr. Bartley said getting used...

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Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 14

Data per the Florida Department of Health as of Friday, May 14. Additional case data compares to the previous update. TOTAL CASES IN FLORIDA: 2,286,203 (+3,590)TOTAL DEATHS IN FLORIDA: 36,719 (+71)TOTAL IN SOUTHWEST FLORIDA: 131,405 (+226) LEE COUNTY – 71,878 (+147) | 984 (+3)COLLIER COUNTY – 36,344 (+38) | 538 (+0)CHARLOTTE COUNTY –13,079 (+30) | 425 (+0)HENDRY COUNTY – 4,778 (+8) | 83 (+0)DESOTO COUNTY – 4,362 (+2) | 93 (+0)GLADES COUNTY – 964 (+1) | 19 (+0) The post Southwest Florida coronavirus case totals for Friday, May 14 appeared first on NBC2 News. NBC2 Fort Myers

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Can the world eradicate COVID-19?

FORT MYERS, Fla. (WBBH) — In 1980, after a massive global effort, the World Health Organization declared that Smallpox had been eradicated. The CDC says it’s often considered the biggest achievement in international public health. “Smallpox is the only (human) disease that the world has been able to completely eradicate,” Dr. Sharon Isern, a professor of Biological Sciences at FGCU, explained to NBC2. Can it be done again with COVID-19? Can the world eradicate — completely wipe out — this deadly disease?  VACCINES: A CRUCIAL TOOL IN FIGHTING DISEASES The rapid...

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Trader Joe’s drops mask mandate for fully vaccinated customers

The grocery store Trader Joe’s announced that customers will no longer have to wear a mask if they are fully vaccinated. “We encourage customers to follow the guidance of health officials, including, as appropriate, CDC guidelines that advise customers who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks while shopping,” the company said on Friday in a statement. The decision follows the CDC updating their guidelines to be more relaxed for those who are fully vaccinated. People who are unvaccinated should still wear their masks when shopping. The post Trader Joe’s...

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