Around the Big Lake: Okeechobee County has 75 positive COVID-19 cases; Hendry County, 405; Glades County, 29; western Palm Beach County communities, 712

The State of Florida has 55,424 positive COVID-19 cases, with 10,113 hospitalizations and 2,447 deaths, according to the May 30 report from the Florida Department of Health. Of those tested so far in Florida, the positive rate is 5.6%. Around Lake Okeechobee: • In Okeechobee County 75 residents and one non-resident have tested positive for […]

Health department monitors longterm care facilities

FLORIDA – The Florida Department of Health continues to monitor longterm care facilities due to the higher risk for older people should they contract the COVID-19 virus. The report on deaths at longterm care facilities is updated weekly. The report on COVID-19 positive cases in longterm care facilities is updated daily. As of the May […]

Wearing a cloth mask shows you care about others

With Florida businesses reopening, it’s more important than ever wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth when in public areas where you cannot maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others at all times. This is particularly important in grocery stores. The store employees are exposed to hundreds of people every day. […]

COVID-19 testing available in Hendry County

HENDRY COUNTY — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County will provide free COVID-19 testing. Notices for available testing sites, days and times will be sent out on a weekly basis. • Hendry County Health Department, 1100 S. Olympia in Clewiston, on Wednesday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to noon (weather permitting).• Hendry County […]

More COVID-19 cases reported at juvenile facilities

OKEECHOBEE — More coronavirus cases are being reported at juvenile detention facilities in Okeechobee County. According to the report released late Tuesday afternoon by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Okeechobee Youth Development Center, 7200 U.S. 441 N., Okeechobee, has 15 youth and four staff members who tested positive for COVID-19. Okeechobee Youth Treatment Center, […]

More COVID-19 cases reported around the lake

As the number of COVID-19 positive cases in the communities around Lake Okeechobee continues to grow, there are some areas of special concern. In Okeechobee County, 22 cases — about a third of the cases in the county, now — are related to correctional institutions, including juvenile facilities and the state prison as well as […]

Prisoners test positive for COVID-19

TALLAHASSEE — More than 1,000 persons incarcerated in Florida’s state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, and more than 6,000 are currently in medical quarantine, according to the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC). Statewide in the prison system: 712 inmates are in security quarantine; 6,732 inmates in medical quarantine; 11 inmates are in medical isolation; […]

Hendry County has 321 COVID-19 positive

LABELLE — Hendry County’s COVID-19 positive count jumped to 321 on Monday, with 198 males and 123 females, ranging in age from 0 to 101. A total of 1,999 people have been tested. The county has a positive rate of 16.1%. Twelve people who tested positive have died in Hendry County; 11 of the deaths […]

Glades County has 20 positive COVID-19 cases

Glades County has 20 COVID-19 positive cases according to the May 24, report from the Florida Department of Health. Glades County has 154 tests with 134 negative for a positive rate of 13%. The positive cases, who range in age from 3 to 89 years, include four Black persons and 16 White persons. Four have […]

Okeechobee County has 60 COVID-19 positive cases confirmed

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County has 60 positive COVID-19 cases, according to the Florida Department of Health May 24 report. Those who tested positive range in age from 6 to 87 years old. Seven people in Okeechobee have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of the positive cases, 17% are Black, 73% White and 10% unknown or […]