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State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen asks for shelter in place Lee County

Posted at 11:59 AM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 22:33:36-04

LEE COUNTY, Fla.  — State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen wrote a letter to Lee County commissioners asking them to enact a shelter in place to help relieve the burden on healthcare workers and save lives.

She hopes this will help flatten the curve of coronavirus cases and help us to get back to normal life quicker if the county takes aggressive action.

Fitzenhagen says she made the "difficult call" after seeing too many people ignore CDC guidelines.

"I would have loved to see the personal responsibility come out and everybody step up and do that," said Fitzenhagen.

When asked about enforcement, Fitzenhagen told Fox 4 she would need the cooperation of local police and deputies.

"If people aren't obeying it the first line would be law enforcement and they would be fined," said Fitzenhagen.

Lee County Commissioners held an emergency meeting saying they would reevaluate a stay at home order next week.

In a joint press conference with the Lee County Sheriffs Office on Friday, they said they would take this weekend to see if it is needed.

The commission will meet again Monday. They are expected to address this topic at that meeting.