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Celebrating Father's Day during COVID-19 pandemic

Concerns gatherings promote the spread of COVID-19
Posted at 11:24 PM, Jun 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-21 23:24:22-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Fathers Day celebrations brought families out to restaurants and other public places amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“The virus is never going to go away, so I don’t feel like living in fear the rest of my life, ” said Josh Lanham.

Statewide cases of COVID-19 top 97,000, many are concerned large gatherings will promote the spread of the virus.

But some say they aren’t taking extra precautions.

“We’re out everyday, I’m in construction so nothing has changed for me, my daughter is a teacher so a little change for her but its an everyday thing for us, ” said Felix Vadillo.

The Chief Medical Officer at Millennium Physician Group, Alejandro Trepichio warns people that COVID-19 is still a major threat within our communities.

“I think we need to worry. I think we need to be vigilant, this is not the time to relax and say nothing is going to happen, ” said Trepichio.

Trepichio urging the public to wear face masks and follow CDC guidelines.

“The best thing we have as a community is that we can bring everything together to help one another,” said Alejandro Perez-Trepichio.

Expecting mother, Nicole Riobuneo says even on a holiday it is safety first.

“We’re trying to stay away from others and we have our masks on, but we’re trying to stay safe, hand sanitizers all over, ” said Nicole Riobuneo.

Some wondering if the recent rise in cases will bring on another shutdown.

“This is not to say that we should now close everything. We have to understand that there is a balance between all the aspects of the situation so the health of the community as well as the necessities of the community, ” said Trepichio.