About 9% of COVID-19 positive patients in Florida require hospitalization

OKEECHOBEE — While the COVID-19 positive numbers increase each day, so far Florida hospitals have been able to keep up with the patient load. In April, the state was so concerned about a possible shortage of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, the governor asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build an alternate care […]

Plane lands on top of Herbert Hoover Dike

GLADES COUNTY – A small plane made an emergency landing on the Herbert Hoover Dike on Tuesday. According to a press release from the Glades County Sheriff’s Office, on July 7, at approximately 1:28 p.m., the Glades County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Zachary Bailey, 30, of Vero Beach, who was piloting at 1979 […]

Glades County has 188 COVID-19 positive as of July 7

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Department of Health July 7 report shows 188 Glades County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 1 to 89. Most of the cases are in the Moore Haven area. ZIP code 33471 has 180 cases. The county has […]

Glades County has 188 COVID-19 positive as of July 6

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Department of Health July 6 report shows 188 Glades County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 1 to 89. Most of the cases are in the Moore Haven area. ZIP code 33471 has 180 cases. The county has […]

COVID-19 positive numbers increase in counties around Lake Okeechobee

TALLAHASSEE – The Florida Department of Health reports 200,111 people in Florida have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 5, with 3,731 deaths related to the COVID-19 virus. The total positive cases include 3,035 non-residents. The testing date includes some duplications, as some people such as first responders and health professionals have been tested […]

Meet the firefighter/paramedic: Jay Curtis enjoys learning new things

MOORE HAVEN — Born into a hard-working, no-nonsense Greatest Generation family in Stuart in 1955, Glades County Firefighter/Paramedic Jay Curtis is now one of those “grizzled veterans” whom younger public safety workers look up to as role models. His roots run deep into the common 20th-century American family history of fighting great wars for world […]

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 […]

Okeechobee, Hendry and Glades Counties RoadWatch Report for Week of July 5

Motorists are reminded to wear safety belts and drive with caution, courtesy, common sense, and patience as they travel through work zones. Remember, speeding fines are doubled in work zones. As a reminder, travelers can visit www.FL511.com or dial “511” from their phone to learn about traffic conditions on major roadways across the state. If […]

Glades County has 172 COVID-19 positive as of July 3

MOORE HAVEN – The Florida Department of Health July 3 report shows 172 Glades County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March. The positive cases range in age from 1 to 89. Most of the cases are in the Moore Haven area. ZIP code 33471 has 165 cases. The county has […]