FORT MYERS, Fla. (Mar. 13, 2020) – In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and emergency declarations issued by President Donald Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the City of Fort Myers is preparing to meet demands for delivery of essential services, specifically in the areas of public safety (police and fire), public works (sanitation, water utilities, etc.), and other functions of government. Each department is developing a Continuity of Operations Plan for the delivery of essential services. Special department-specific protocols are already in place to guard against the spread of COVID-19.
The safety of our citizens and employees is our utmost priority. Employees have been instructed to follow recommended Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) protocols and to wash hands frequently, avoid contact with those who are sick, and stay home from work when sick. Additional hand sanitizing stations are in place throughout city facilities, and the frequency of environmental cleaning has been increased as a preventative measure.
“We are working together with our community partners to address this rapidly evolving situation,” said Mayor Randall Henderson. “Our citizens can be assured that our city, Lee County and Lee Health, in close coordination with the Florida Department of Health, are taking proactive steps to provide access to services and preparing to accommodate a growing number of COVID-19 affected individuals.”
Updates and prevention materials are being provided on social media and cityftmyers.com to keep members of the public and employees up to date on the latest developments. If you are experiencing symptoms and/or feel you may have been exposed to the virus, please call the Florida Department of Health COVID-19 call center (available 24/7) at 866-779-6121 or email your questions to COVIDemail@example.com before traveling to any healthcare facility.
It is important to refrain from going directly to the doctor’s office and/or showing up at the emergency room – unless there is a true life safety issue – due to the high risk of spreading the virus to others. To find detailed, up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit the following known, reputable websites:
· Florida Department of Health updates
· Centers for Disease and Control Prevention updates
· World Health Organization updates
In addition, residents should be aware of phishing scams and ads that promote false information. The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning that scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19. Don’t click on links from unknown sources, ignore offers for vaccinations that currently do not exist online or in stores, and conduct research when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites.
The city continues to partner with federal, state and county officials on planning and preparedness efforts. The city’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is monitoring the situation and is not activated at this time. Further updates will be shared as more information becomes available.