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Public areas are considered high risk for Coronavirus, Lee Health officials and locals respond.

Posted at 2:18 PM, Mar 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-08 14:21:39-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — First and foremost don’t panic, Coronavirus has made it’s way to Southwest Florida, but Lee Health officials say they are prepared. As of yesterday we now have 2 confirmed cases in Lee County, and one person dead. So are public places and events "high risk" areas? one Lee Health official says yes, be mindful of large crowds.

“If you have a medical illness that could complicate that, and where you can expose yourself to different type of respiratory illnesses, especially during respiratory season, I would say you have to use your precaution and logic more than anything else”, Alex Daneshmand, Chief Quality and Safety Officer at Lee Health

However Sun Splash Waterpark opened for the season today. Park Manager Sandy Greiner says they are preparing as well, even buying their own special disinfectant wipes.

“That are actually supposed to combat that Coronavirus, so all of our surfaces are being wiped down with that throughout the day”, said Greiner.

And changing the way food is served.

“We are also putting packets of ketchup and mustard behind our service lines, instead of hitting that pump, because when you hit that pump you’ve got everybody germs on it more”, Greiner.

One father of 2 says he’s happy the park is taking precautions, but he’s preparing his family too.

“ I already sat them down and talked with them about trying not to touch as much stuff as possible, but when you do make sure to sanitize your hands”, said Armand Deschamps.

And not too far away, the Coronavirus didn't keep people away from the cape coral pride parade.

“Initially I was shocked but I feel like we will be safe. As long as we continue to do what we do, and that's washing our hands, not touching our face and stay away from people that are sick and staying away from people who are sick”, said Terriance Chambers & T.J. Jackson

“I think you can’t let this hold you back form living your life and enjoying the things you want to do. Things are going to happen but you have to protect yourself and hope for the best”, said Bianca Fontanez.