Dear Patient:

I hope this finds you well. Currently there are 30 persons hospitalized at NCH with COVID and we have treated 1250 people in the hospital successfully since the beginning of the pandemic.  Fortunately, the positivity rate and the number of patients hospitalized have stabilized for now.


Vaccines: A vaccine is a biological preparation that provides active acquired immunity to a particular infectious disease. There are several different “biological preparations” being actively investigated to provide the active immune response to Coronavirus. Four different vaccines are end-stage for clinical trials at this time. Two were halted briefly but have resumed. Two vaccines use messenger RNA to stimulate a response while the latter two use RNA that is transmitted on an adenovirus.

I have attached a good PDF from the recent JAMA that discusses the risk of contracting COVID by air travel. Download PDF.

Governor DeSantis’ emergency order was recently extended and can be seen at the link below:

Executive Order 20-276

6 lifestyle changes doctors wish patients would make
Wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask to protect against SARS-CoV-2—of course. But physicians advise these other changes key to preventive health. Read more from the AMA.

Below is an updated link for Collier County testing sites:

Below is the link to the updated NCH COVID information page:

Please continue good handwashing, mask wearing and maintaining 6 Ft of distance and, take care.

Paul Jones MD