5pm, Friday, May 1
As the Southwest Florida community begins reopening from COVID-19-related closures and limitations, several announcements were made Friday.
Testing Site Opens
The CenturyLink Sports Complex, home of Minnesota Twins Spring Training, will host a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site beginning Monday, May 4. Testing will be available Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm, with the last car admitted at 3pm. No appointment, doctor’s order or symptoms are required to be tested. The test is free. This site is expected to be able to provide 400 tests per day. Test results are expected in 48 hours. This is a State of Florida Department of Health testing location. Assistance will be provided by the National Guard and Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Location: 14100 Six Mile Cypress Parkway, Fort Myers.
Fort Myers Beach
The sandy beaches of Fort Myers Beach will be open for all as of Saturday morning, along with beach access parking areas. The grounds of Mound House, Newton Park and Bay Oaks will be open for exercise.
State Parks Open
On Monday, May 4, select Florida State Parks will open for the first time since March 23, allowing limited activities. Phase One of the parks’ reopening includes about 80 parks and trails. Lovers Key State Park will open just its boat ramp on Monday May 4. A complete list of open parks and available amenities can be found at www.floridastateparks.org.
May 1 COVID-19 Data
Florida: 34,728 cases; 1,314 deaths
New Florida cases: 1,038
Lee County: 1067 cases: 42 deaths
New Lee County cases: 44
Fort Myers Beach 33931: 8 cases
South Fort Myers 33908: 61 cases
Lee Health: 87 COVID-19 patients hospitalized; 213 COVID-19 patients discharged; Bed capacity 61%; 9% COVID-19 patients.