Masks, a subject up for debate, or not?

10,044 new cases of COVID-19 were announced by the Florida Department of Health on Tuesday, July 7, which brings the state total to 223,783. The number of reported deaths of Florida residents is 3,889. Collier County is rapidly approaching 5,500 positive cases of COVID-19, 1,627 of those cases are in Immokalee. Statistics seem to point […]

Update on Partners in Health volunteer Matt Hing

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to have explosive growth throughout the county, and specifically Collier County, Dr. Matt Hing has had a little over a week to settle in, and provide an update about what his volunteer work will entail. Hing, is working with the organization Partners in Health (PIH) through the month of July, […]

Immokalee becomes hotspot for COVID-19

Immokalee has continued to have a rapid increase of positive COVID-19 cases, and has become a pandemic hotspot in the U.S. The department of Health continues to urge the residents of Immokalee to get tested. “People aren’t taking it seriously, and more and more of us are getting sick,” said one resident. “Look around us, […]

Immokalee COVID-19 site will provide additional testing

Naples — The Florida Department of Health in Collier County (DOH-Collier), will provide COVID-19 walk-up testing for Immokalee residents every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00am-5:00pm. This is in addition to daily symptomatic testing and ongoing Sunday walk-up testing clinics. Testing availability in Immokalee is as follows: • Daily, Monday-Friday – 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.Symptomatic testing. […]

Local COVID-19 numbers continue to rise

COVID-19 positive cases continue to increase in the counties around Lake Okeechobee. As of the June 2 report from the Florida Department of Health, Florida has 56,001 positive residents and 1,446 positive non-residents. In additional, eight Florida residents have tested positive while out of state. To date, 2,530 people have died in Florida related to […]

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers expresses concern regarding the rapidly growing number of positive cases of COVID-19 in Immokalee:

There are alarming signs of a major COVID-19 outbreak in Immokalee – and the immediate next steps are clear: We need ongoing and accessible testing, effective contact tracing, and wrap-around services to support hundreds of COVID-positive patients and their families.‬” Coalition of Immokalee Workers can be found online at: Or via their Facebook page: […]

Healthcare Network offers mental health conversations for healthcare workers

NAPLES – Healthcare Network, known in Collier County for providing integrated primary care that addresses both mind and body, will host a series of free virtual conversations tailored for healthcare workers throughout Florida. The discussions, beginning Tuesday, May 19, will focus on reactions, coping strategies and resilience building related to COVID-19. “While no one is […]

Ave Maria Utility Company announces rate relief for customers

NAPLES — Ave Maria Utility Company, the provider of water and utilities services to the residents of Ave Maria, Florida, announces temporary reduced rates to ease potential higher than normal utilities bills during the stay-at-home order for COVID-19. According to an Ave Maria Utility statement to its residential customers, “The Utility will be allowed to […]

SNIP- Collier OFFERS Pet food for those in need

SNIP Collier will be at Winn Dixie in Immokalee, Florida every Saturday (until further notice) from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. (or until the supplies run out) to distribute dog and cat food via curbside pickup for families who need assistance feeding their pets during this difficult time. SNIP Collier is still offering foster homes […]

Reopening of Barber Shops, Hair Salons, and Nail Salons

Gov. Ron DeSantis shared an announcement via Social Media. The update was given in a video that featured J Henry, the owner of J Henry’s Barber Shop in downtown Orlando. In the video Henry states that Florida’s hair salons, barber shops and nail salons will be allowed to open on Monday, May 11, 2020. Previously, […]