Weekly Roundup: Dec. 14-18

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Friday, Dec. 18

4 SWFL HOSPITALS ON LIST TO RECEIVE MODERNA’S COVID-19 VACCINE

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Florida’s initial distribution plan for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday night. Florida is preparing to receive 367,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine after Sunday, pending emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Doses of the vaccine will be distributed to 173 hospital locations that did not receive doses in the first allocation of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The state is able to distribute the Moderna vaccine to a large number of hospitals because it does not require ultra-cold storage. Upon Moderna’s approval, four Southwest Florida hospitals will receive the vaccine: NCH North NaplesPark Royal Mental Health Hospital in Fort Myers, Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, and Englewood Community Hospital. Floridians can receive updates about the COVID-19 vaccine by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777, WINK News reports
 

Thursday, Dec. 17

NCH BUYS NAPLES DAILY NEWS HEADQUARTERS IN NORTH NAPLES

Naples-based NCH Healthcare System now owns the multimillion-dollar Immokalee Road building and property that have been home to the Naples Daily News headquarters since 2009. The sale closed Tuesday afternoon for $27,985,000, said Andrew Saluan of Naples-based AJS Realty Group, which represented NCH in the real estate transaction. The closing price is significantly less than the construction costs 11 years ago for the more than 186,000-square-foot building on about 20 acres. Plans call for the relocation of several NCH administrative support functions, such as accounting, billing, IT, business office, supply chain, system warehousing and other departments to move from the NCH Central Campus at 2157 Pine Ridge Road to the newly acquired building, which is a couple of blocks west of the NCH North Naples Hospital campus. Additionally, NCH human resources, marketing and some other non-clinical support services that are located on NCH’s two hospital campuses also will relocate to the new property. The move is expected to be completed early next spring, NCH reports. For the full story, visit GulfshoreBusiness.com.
 

Wednesday, Dec. 16

Video courtesy WINK News

LEE HEALTH READY, WAITING FOR COVID-19 VACCINE

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is being shipped out across the U.S., but when will you be able to get it in Lee County? Lee Health says it will be ready to roll out the vaccine as soon as it receives the doses, and its current expectation is within the next couple of weeks. The Pfizer vaccine requires special ultra-cold freezers, which have already been prepared. Dr. Larry Antonucci, president and CEO of Lee Health, said he is waiting to hear from the state on vaccine protocols. “Especially through this holiday season, the virus is still out there, it’s going to take a while before we can get everyone vaccinated. So, please, continue to social distance, wear a mask and handwash, especially if you’re going to be at family gatherings over the holidays,” Antonucci tells WINK News.

Tuesday, Dec. 15

SURVEY RESULTS: SWFL RESPONDS TO THE COVID-19 VACCINE

The community has weighed in on its willingness to get a vaccine for COVID-19, according to a recent survey from Gulfshore Business. More than 62% of respondents said they would take the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available, while 16.16% said they would wait to see if there are negative side-effects. More than 21% of respondents said they would not take the vaccine. Ninety-four percent of those surveyed said they had not contracted COVID-19, while nearly 6% said they had. Gulfshore Business published the survey on Friday, Dec. 10, compiling results through Monday, Dec. 14, reaching 742 Southwest Florida residents in all.
 

Monday, Dec. 14

Credit: WINK News.

LEE HEALTH ANNOUNCES VISITATION CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 SURGE

Starting Dec. 14, Lee Health made changes to its hospital visitation hours to protect the safety of patients and staff from the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in our community. Visitation hours are now noon to 6 p.m. until the number of COVID-19 cases can be reduced. Other specific stipulations also are in place, WINK News reports.
 
 
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