FDEP monitors algae blooms

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Department of Environmental Protection conducts weekly samples of algae blooms in designated regular testing sites as well as at sites where algal blooms have been reported. On July 27, Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) staff collected a sample from Lake Okeechobee at the Pahokee Marina. The Pahokee Marina sample was […]

Mechanical harvesters to return to Lake O

Mechanical harvesters will return to Lake Okeechobee in the next few months, according to information shared at the July 28 virtual meeting of the Lake Okeechobee Aquatic Plant Management Interagency Task Force. The harvesters are currently working on Lake Kissimmee. They were preapproved to use the harvesters in the Indian Prairie Canal but ran into […]

Thomson recalls onions due to salmonella risk

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Thomson International Inc. of Bakersfield, Calif., is recalling Red, Yellow, White, and Sweet Yellow Onions shipped from May 1, 2020,through the present, according to a notice form the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The onions are being recalled because they have the potential to be contaminated with salmonella, an organism that can […]

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. […]