Glades County has total of 389 COVID-19 positive since March

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Department of Health July 30 report shows 389 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 370 cases. The county has […]

State allocates $5.2 million in Lake Okeechobee water quality research grants

TALLAHASSEE — On July 28, Governor Ron DeSantis announced more than $5 million in grant funding will be awarded to the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) and Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute (HBOI) as part of Florida’s continued efforts to protect water quality and the Sunshine State’s natural resources. The two grant […]

Warnings for blue-green algae toxins to be at minimal ‘detectable’ level

TALLAHASSEE — The July 29 meeting of the Florida Blue Green Algae Task Force tackled the questions of how to educate the public about the toxins that may be present in algae blooms, and how algae blooms in Lake Okeechobee could affect the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decisions about lake releases. The task force […]

Florida #2 most targeted state for coronavirus scams totaling $4.9 million

A new study shows Coronavirus is leading to an unprecedented number of scams and Florida is the #2 most targeted state. As of July 15, Florida residents filed 7,244 fraud complaints to the FTC. This marks a 124% increase since the WHO declared a pandemic in March when 3,240 complaints were filed. This has resulted […]

Relief fund to help with rent and mortgages

TALLAHASSEE — Floridians who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are behind in rent or mortgage payments might qualify for some relief. Gov. Ron DeSantis authorized $120 million of the State of Florida’s Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) allocation to Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) to assist Floridians who have been negatively impacted […]

Modified COVID-19 testing schedule at Health Departments due to tropical weather

HENDRY/GLADES COUNTIES — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties announces a change in COVID-19 testing July 31 through August 7. Due to the uncertainty of the tropical weather, the health department has made modifications to the COVID-19 testing schedule: • Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle: 1140 Pratt Blvd., 863-674-4041Friday, July […]

Glades County has total of 390 COVID-19 positive since March

MOORE HAVEN — The Florida Department of Health July 29 report shows 390 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 371 cases. The county has […]

COVID-19 positives at correctional facilities

Correctional and detention facilities have been of special concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. DJJThe Florida Department of Juvenile Justice reports COVID-19 cases at juvenile detention facilities, according to data updated July 23.• Okeechobee Youth Development Center had five total positive tests among the staff to date. Three of the five have been medically cleared to […]

Testing by appointment at Health Department in Hendry County

HENDRY/GLADES COUNTIES — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties continues to provide free COVID-19 testing. There are no criteria for testing; however, appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years or older. Appointments will not be made more than one week in advance. No same-day appointments will be made. No […]

14.5% of Florida ICU beds are open

TALLAHASSEE — As the number of COVID-19 positive tests continues to rise, some smaller hospitals in Florida have filled all of their ICU beds, but larger hospitals in neighboring counties have capacity. Data from Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as of July 28 show the number of ICU beds available and the number […]