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Community & Membership Meeting: Proton Therapy for Cancer

Learn about why Proton Therapy can provide an important alternative to traditional radiation treatment. This form of treatment which was only available in other parts of the USA now means that residents will have this form of treatment on their doorstep.

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Estero Park & Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd
Estero, FL 33928 United States
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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.

covid cases

The numbers continue to rise

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state and the Lee County numberscontinue to confirm the significant and worrisome rise in COVID–19 cases. However, face masks have become a go-to topic of conversation and debate for many.
While many see mask-wearing as a must, others feel like they don’t need to for a variety of reasons. Some reactions to wearing face masks include: “Hardly anyone is wearing one/It won’t protect me, it just protects the other people/I’m in good health/We keep our distance so don’t need it/I can barely breath/It’s too hot/I forgot mine. Some refuse  to wear one because they think it’s a conspiracy.”
One person we talked to, shared an online screengrab entitled “the dangers of face masks,” with inaccurate and extreme information. It included a picture of an alleged doctor in a lab coat next to it, and it said things like: “Mask is supposed to be used for a limited time. If you wear it for a long time: Oxygen to the blood reduces. Oxygen to the brain reduces. You start feeling weak. May lead to death.” So, there’s that.
Protecting others, not you
So, what do you do if you’re worried about the results of people not wearing face masks when social distancing is not possible? Communication, knowing the facts,and your tone is key.
Don’t challenge them.
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The key to eliciting someone’s support of universal masking is acknowledging freedom of choice, and discussions need to be centered around education. Provide your friends and family members with the information they need to make choices about their health and safety, and help them to understand the responsibility we all share to protect those around us from the spread of COVID-19.
Make the point is that wearing a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained is a measure you can take to help protect yourself and others.
Remind them that as the United States and Lee County faces an even more increasing number of COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises all Americans to wear face masks. Experts also say COVID-19 is two to three times more contagious than flu so that the virus can spread rapidly from person to person from gatherings.

Do face masks work?

Masks act as a physical barrier to protect you and others from viral and bacterial particulates. Many people unknowingly infect others by going out and spreading germs by coughing or touching others.
The CDC recommends that we wear masks or cloth face coverings in public settings that might make it hard to practice social distancing etiquette. You can go out in public areas without a cover if there is no one nearby. Otherwise, regardless if it’s close quarters or spaced out, you should wear a mask with others around. Wearing a face mask is a precaution and courtesy to yourself and those nearby you.
Wearing a cloth face mask is recommended as an extra layer of protection. That means that you should still be following any shelter-in-place orders in your community. But when you’re venturing out to the grocery store, pharmacy or hospital, it’s wise to wear one.
Finally, CDC experts say recent studies show that a significant number of individuals who have the coronavirus don’t have any symptoms. In other words, they’re “asymptomatic.Furthermore, those who eventually develop symptoms (or those who are “pre-symptomatic”) can spread the virus to others before they show any symptoms.
The coronavirus can spread among people who are less than 6 feet apart, whether that’s by talking to one another, coughing, or sneezing or even if none of those people notice symptoms commonly reported with COVID-19, like fever, shortness of breath or coughing.
The CDC recommends keeping these criteria in mind when wearing a mask or face cover:
·        It should be snug but comfortable against the sides of the face
·        It needs to be secured with ties or ear loops
·        It should be made with multiple layers of material
·        It must allow you to breathe without restriction
·        It should be able to withstand machine washing and drying and not get damaged or change shape
Please, let’s watch out for one another.
Stay safe.
ECCL Leadership Team