14.1% of Florida ICU beds are open

TALLAHASSEE — Florida’s ICU bed availability was above 14% this week, with little change over the past seven days. Some smaller hospitals in rural areas have no available ICU beds, but larger hospitals in neighboring counties do have available beds. Data from Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) as of Aug. 4 show the […]

Florida High School Athletic Association is working on options for start of sports

GAINESVILLE — The Florida High School Athletic Association is currently working on three options for schools ahead of the tentative start of sports around the state. The first option being considered would have Sept. 7 become the new first date of the regular season, with the last date falling in line with the normal calender. […]

Commissioner Nikki Fried announces second phase of improvements to prescribed burning program

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Today (Aug. 4) Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and the Florida Forest Service announced a second phase of major enhancements to the prescribed burning program, which is authorized by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Prescribed burning in Florida is a national model for successfully managing statewide forests and lands through safe, […]

Palm Beach County has 34,929 COVID-19 positive since March

WEST PALM BEACH — The Florida Department of Health Aug. 4 report shows 34,929 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 had 861 deaths and 2,671 hospitalizations (2,644 residents and 27 nonresidents) related to COVID-19 […]

Palm Beach County has 34,550 COVID-19 positive since March

WEST PALM BEACH — The Florida Department of Health Aug. 3 report shows 34,550 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 had 845 deaths and 2,629 hospitalizations (2,602 residents and 27 nonresidents) related to COVID-19 […]

FDOH updates COVID-19 data for Aug. 2

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has had a total of 7,084 resident deaths and 122 non-resident related to COVID-19 according to the Florida Department of Health report released Aug. 2. For the counties around Lake Okeechobee: • Okeechobee County has had 945 COVID-19 positive cases since testing started in March. Of those who tested positive, 86 residents […]

FDOH updates COVID-19 numbers

TALLAHASSEE — Florida has had a total of 7,022 resident deaths and 122 non-resident deaths related to COVID-19 according to the Florida Department of Health report released Aug. 1. For the counties around Lake Okeechobee: • Okeechobee County has had 920 COVID-19 positive cases since testing started in March, including 915 residents and 5 non-residents. […]

Palm Beach County opens hurricane shelters

WEST PALM BEACH — Due to track changes and storm intensity of Hurricane Isaias, Palm Beach County opened four general population shelters and a pet friendly shelter for animals only for those residents that reside in Evacuation Zone A. Evacuation Zone A is for residents living in a manufactured/mobile home or sub-standard housing. Palm Beach […]

Tuesday, Thursday food distribution continues at Palm Beach County district schools

WEST PALM BEACH — For the week of Aug. 3, Tuesday and Thursday, food distributions continue from 10 a.m. to noon. Food distribution will be held at 51 school locations. For everyone’s health and safety, a facial cover or mask is required when picking up meals at any school feeding site. Feeding South Florida will […]

Palm Beach County has 33,274 COVID-19 positive since March

WEST PALM BEACH — The Florida Department of Health July 31 report shows 33,274 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 had 815 deaths and 2,580 hospitalizations (2,553 residents and 27 nonresidents) related to COVID-19 […]