World Health Organization addresses COVID-19 myths Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

The World Health Association (WHO) has released the following information about myths circulating on social media about the COVID-19 virus. MYTH: COVID-19 can’t be transmitted in hot, humid weather.FACTS: COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates.From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including […]

Glades County offices shut doors Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

MOORE HAVEN — More of Glades County agencies’ offices have closed to the public as of April 1, officials announced. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Community Development Department’s lobby is now off limits. A drop box will be placed outside to submit documentation for the office. Or, documents may be emailed to or […]

Level of Lake Okeechobee continues to drop

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — The level of Lake Okeechobee continues to fall, according to the weekly environmental conditions report shared by John Mitnik of the South Florida Water Management District on March 25. As of March 25, the lake level had dropped 0.6 feet in the past month and 0.18 feet in the past week. No […]

Governor directs Floridians to ‘limit movements’

TALLAHASSEE — In an April 1 press conference, Gov. Ron DeSantis said he will sign an executive order “directing all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities.” “We’re going to be in this for another 30 days,” […]

FWC requires boats stay 50 feet apart

OKEECHOBEE — The water level on Lake Okeechobee fell to 11.95 feet on March 30, causing the South Florida Water Management District to close four locks connected to the lake. While it’s still possible to go out on the lake in a boat, when the water level gets low, it can be dangerous to traverse […]

Glades County has COVID-19 death

As the COVID-19 crisis continues, Floridians are adjusting to the world of self-isolation, social distancing and online learning. Around the lake, as of press time Tuesday, only Okeechobee County has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. On Tuesday, a Moore Haven man with COVID-19 died. More cases reported statewideStatewide, 6,096 persons have tested positive for COVID-19, […]

Glades County has COVID-19 death

MOORE HAVEN — Glades County Public Safety has been notified of the first death of a Glades County resident due to underlying medical conditions and complications from COVID-19. The resident was an 89 year old man from Moore Haven. The Department of Health strongly urges residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC […]

SFWMD closes navigational locks

On March 30, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) closed four navigation locks on the north shore and reduced the operating hours of a fifth lock because of low water conditions in Lake Okeechobee. Injury and lock damage could occur when boats pass through these structures when lake levels are outside of designated safety […]

Lake Okeechobee dips below 12 feet; some navigation locks closed

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — Hot weather and lack of rainfall pushed Lake Okeechobee down to 11.95 feet above sea level on Monday, triggering the closure of four locks on the north end of the lake. Whenever the lake falls below 12 feet, the following locks are closed for safety reasons: Martin County: S-135 structure, J&S Fish […]

Glades County has confirmed case of COVID-19

MOORE HAVEN — On Sunday, March 29, Glades County Public Safety was notified that a resident of Glades County has tested positive for COVID-19. The patient has been in self quarantine since being tested but was hospitalized. A press release from Glades County Public Safety states: “The health and safety of our residents is always […]