Safety Council

Engage Estero Safety Council is made of volunteers serving as a voice for the citizens of greater Estero on safety and transportation priorities and issues. We advocate for related solutions to Village, County, and State Government organizations.

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Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero

Road Safety in Greater Estero By Contributing Author, Mark Novitski, and Engage Estero Consultant.  Everyone has their definition of what determines road safety or, conversely, what makes our roads unsafe. In writing extensively about Corkscrew Road, I have...

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Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Sign-Up for Property Fraud Alerts

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comprtroller Kevin Karnes is now offering an alert notification system for Lee County property owners to reduce fraud. When you sign-up, if a deed, mortgage, or other non-Court official record is recorded in your name, you will be...

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Environment Council

Engage Estero Environment Council is a volunteer group focusing on improving water and air quality and mitigating and eliminating the effects of climate warming in greater Estero.

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Health Council

Engage Estero Community Health Council comprises health* and safety-minded volunteers who think about community health comprehensively with a common desire to improve the overall health of the citizens of greater Estero.

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Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

Let’s Make Estero A HeartSafe Community!

The facts Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more than 300,000 lives annually. Approximately 95 percent of SCA victims die before they reach a hospital or receive medical attention. How Can We Help Reduce This...

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Education Council

Engage Estero mobilizes volunteers in our schools, sponsors scholarships, and promotes the involvement of the community through announcements and public forums.

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Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

Estero High Cambridge Students Recognized

By Mike Wasson, Director, Engage Estero The Village of Estero Council issued a Proclamation its Meeting on Wednesday, March 6th honoring 39 Estero High School Students who were presented the Cambridge Outstanding Learners Awards. In his remarks, Jon McLain, Village of...

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Updates on Issues of Impact

Engage Estero believes the best way to get a community involved is to make sure they are aware of the issues impacting their future, and know how to impact those decisions before they are made. We conduct and publish original research and articles aimed at getting residents Engaged.

The Viral Trifecta is Here:

What Should You Do About It?

The viral trifecta, COVID-19, FLU, and RSV is in our midst. Before you decide, what to do about it please discuss it with your health care provider.  Here are some of the known facts:

Written by Robert P. Belin, M.D. Member of Engage Estero’s Health Council & Chairman, & Health and Wellness Breckenridge

  1. All three viruses have available vaccines.
  2. First year RSV vaccine is available while the other two are updated versions.
  3. These vaccines will either prevent or at least mitigate illness.
  4. No available mask (including the N-95) will filter a virus.

    However, masks are effective in preventing and or reducing the aerolization of sputum carrying viruses.

Paxlovid (the antiviral prescription medication) administered early with Covid symptoms may shorten and or lessen the severity of the disease. But rebound (recurrence of symptoms) is a real phenomenon and it may be more common after Paxlovid administration. Covid has surged recently with the majority of hospitalization occurring in the over 70 population.

The late summer surge has health officials worried. It’s thought to be due to the highly contagious variant. Currently, the exact prevalence of COVID is unknown because of the lack of reporting, self- testing and denial. Comorbidities (existing heart and or lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, previous stroke, A-fib, compromised immunity, obesity, age), to name a few, increase the severity of all three viruses. 

In summary:

Each year, it is estimated by the CDC, that 110,000 seniors in the U.S. are hospitalized, thousands will die from flu, and 8,000 will die due to RSV infection!  Adults at greatest risk are those previously identified. Therefore, the CDC highly recommends that you receive this fall not only the updated booster for Covid but also the updated vaccine for flu as well as the new RSV vaccine (for those over 65).  Note, all three can be administered simultaneously (however, based on my own personal experience, I don’t recommend it!).

Engage Estero is an all-volunteer, nonpolitical, nonprofit Community Engagement Association. We exist to inform citizens of significant community issues and encourage citizen engagement to impact the quality of life in greater Estero favorably.

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and Make an Impact!