CDC expands list of those at risk of COVID-19

News from the CDCSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News ATLANTA — Based on a detailed review of available evidence to date, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated and expanded the list of who is at increased risk for getting severely ill from COVID-19. Older adults and people with underlying medical conditions […]

A watered-down bill will not fix our water quality issues

Guest Commentary Special to the Lake Okeechobee News Gov. Ron DeSantis just signed into law SB 712 — the self-proclaimed “Clean Waterways Act” — an ambitious misnomer for a bill that claims to be the solution to our mounting water quality issues, but falls far short of that mark. This bill has been praised by […]

Free food distribution continues July 7 with new times

WEST PALM BEACH — Tuesday and Thursday food distribution continues on Tuesday, July 7. Distributions will now be taking place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 51 locations across the Palm Beach County School District. Please note that Okeeheelee Middle School has closed as a distribution site. Feeding South Florida will distribute free food […]

All Southeast Florida beaches closed for July 4 holiday weekend

Every county along the lower southeast coast of Florida has closed its beaches for the weekend of the Fourth of July. In Martin County, the official website states: “To protect the health and well-being of residents and visitors from the spread of COVID-19, all beaches, beach accesses and parking for beach access will be CLOSED […]

Palm Beach County has 15,169 COVID-19 positive as of July 3

WEST PALM BEACH — The Florida Department of Health July 3 report shows 15,169 Palm Beach County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 105. The county has 536 deaths and 1,887 hospitalizations (1,863 residents and 24 non-residents) related to COVID-19 to […]

Wearing masks does not violate Florida law

FLORIDA — Contrary to what you may have read on social media, rules requiring people wear cloth face coverings in public buildings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are not in violation of Florida Statute. This myth has been making the rounds on social media, based on Florida Statute 876.12, enacted in 1951, which states: […]

County holds pre-holiday virtual briefing

PALM BEACH COUNTY — On July 2, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner held a virtual briefing at the Emergency Operations Center ahead of the July 4th holiday weekend. Joining him were Commissioner Mack Bernard and Fire Marshal David Derita. Palm Beach County currently has 14,859 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 523 fatalities. The county […]

PBC beaches closed for July 4th weekend

WEST PALM BEACH — Beaches along the entire Palm Beach County Atlantic coastline will be closed for the Fourth of July weekend by executive action of County Mayor Dave Kerner, announced on Sunday night, June 28. It already had been announced that Atlantic beaches farther south, in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, would be closed […]

Plam Beach County Water Utilities Department announces temporary modification to water disinfection process

PALM BEACH COUNTY — In order to maintain compliance with regulatory water quality requirements in the water distribution system, the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBCWUD) will temporarily modify its water disinfection process between Wednesday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 29. The modification will entail the use of free chlorine as opposed to chloramine […]

Palm Beach County has 14,859 COVID-19 positive as of July 2

PALM BEACH COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health July 2 report shows 14,859 Palm Beach County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 0 to 105. The county has 523 death and 1,860 hospitalizations (1,836 residents and 24 non-residents) related to COVID-19 to […]