A cutting-edge treatment program against the coronavirus began Monday in Southwest Florida. If you had the coronavirus and recovered, Lee Health and NCH would like you to donate plasma to help other COVID-19 patients recover sooner. There’s no guarantee but doctors say it has worked to treat other viruses such as the swine flu in the past. If it works, the antibodies someone forms when they’re sick can be used to attack the virus in someone else. If you had the virus and want to donate plasma, you must be fully recovered and symptom-free for at least 14 days. For more information about the program, visit the Lee Health website here
. To donate your plasma, visit the NCH blood donation website here
. Story reported by WINK News
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FLORIDA’S K-12 STUDENTS CONTINUING VIRTUAL CLASSES FOR REST OF SCHOOL YEAR
Florida students will not be headed back to classrooms this school year. Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Saturday that all Florida K-12 schools will continue doing virtual classes for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. The announcement that e-learning will continue through the end of this school year is bringing a mix of emotions for parents, kids, and school staff alike. There is some sadness, some disappointment and some relief that students will be kept safe, and some concern for the unknown. Story reported by WINK News
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CITY OF FORT MYERS STEPPING UP TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES AFFECTED BY COVID-19
For many, the stimulus checks just aren’t enough to keep up with bills, and with federal and state business loans drying up, the City of Fort Myers is stepping in to help. The city is moving around money to give it to those who need it most. Business owners with five employees or less will get foreclosure counseling and emergency business loans up to $10,000. On top of that, the city is also giving money to assist low- to moderate-income households with temporary rent and utility payments up to $750 a month for three months. Story reported by WINK News
LEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST WEBINAR FOR CAREER-CHANGERS INTERESTED IN TEACHING
The School District of Lee County will host two free webinars at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on April 23 on changing careers to teaching. The district is looking to connect with professionals in a wide variety of industries looking for a career change, and who may be interested in translating their skills and experience to teaching at the elementary-, middle- or high-school level. Florida is one of 48 states to offer alternative routes to becoming a certified teacher. Individuals who already have a bachelor’s degree can become eligible for Florida teacher certification one of several ways, including passing a subject area exam in their area of expertise. In most cases, the district requires an applicant to be eligible for certification before entering into an instructional position, but does not have to hold a certificate. Individuals without a bachelor’s degree can still be in the classroom as a paraprofessional or guest teacher. To register for a webinar, click here
SELECT MIROMAR OUTLETS, UNIVERSITY VILLAGE SHOPS RESTAURANTS OPEN
Eight restaurants at Miromar Outlets
and University Village
are offering curbside pickup and contactless local delivery through apps like DoorDash, UberEats, BiteSquad, Grubhub and Postmates. The Miromar Outlets restaurants include Ford’s Garage and Naples Flatbread, which is also offering bulk groceries. Mellow Mushroom, Poke Fusion, Skillets, Slicers Hoagies and Smoothie King are open for takeout or delivery and offering specials at University Village, just half a mile north of Miromar Outlets at Ben Hill Griffin and Estero parkways.
MARCO ISLAND HOME SALES UP IN MARCH
Sold single-family homes on Marco Island were up 66% in March, with 58 closings compared to 35 during the same time last year, according to a report by Gerry Rosenblum, broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty. Sold condominiums were up 27% from 52 in March 2019 to 66 this March, and sold-single-family vacant lots were up 66% from 11 in March 2019 to 22 this March. A total of $128 million worth of real estate closed on Marco Island this March, Rosenblum reports. Additionally, for March, pending single-family homes were down 53%, pending condominiums were down 35%, and pending single-family vacant lots were down 64%. Inventory in single-family homes was down 22%, condominiums were down 19%, and single-family vacant lots were down 25%.
The Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida
’s annual Breaking Par gala and golf tournament is splitting in two this year, with the “Breaking Par Virtual Gala” held this Friday and the “Breaking Par at Grandezza” golf tournament to be rescheduled for the fall at The Club at Grandezza in Estero. On Friday, the virtual gala, “Now More Than Ever,” kicks off on YouTube
with a pre-show happy hour at 6:30 p.m. followed by the live gala event at 7 p.m. The live virtual gala, featuring auctioneer Scott Robertson, includes a live auction, fund-a-need, and student testimonials about the impact of Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida in preparing them for success. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at JA2020.givesmart.com
to begin bidding by phone. Over the past seven years, the “Breaking Par at Grandezza” event proceeds have contributed more than $382,000 in funding to support Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida programs throughout Southwest Florida.