Medical marijuana deemed an essential business

OKEECHOBEE — If you heard about Gov. Ron DeSantis issuing a stay-at-home order, which asks residents to stay at home unless working or getting essential supplies, and wondered if medical marijuana dispensaries would be considered essential, the answer is yes. Florida statute defines dispensaries as an essential service that should be treated like retail pharmacies. […]

What can we do? We can protect others

Repeat after me: COVID-19 is not a hurricane. The past few weeks might have felt similar to hurricane season, with people stocking up on supplies and regularly checking a government website for updates. But instead of plywood and batteries, the hard to find items are disinfectant and toilet paper. And instead of checking the National […]

COVID-19 cases could increase exponentially

OKEECHOBEE — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida could increase dramatically over the next two weeks as more people are tested, according to Mitch Smeykal of the Okeechobee County Emergency Operations Center. There are huge backlogs for testing for the COVID-19 virus, according to information shared at the April 2 emergency meeting of […]

Mobile food pantry will be by voucher only

OKEECHOBEE — The March 27 distribution of food by the Treasure Coast Food Bank drew so many people it created traffic problems and potential health concerns, according to discussion at the April 2 meeting of the Okeechobee County commissioners. They agreed they want food bank visits to continue, but said future distributions should be only […]

Many local businesses to remain open

No curfew, boat ramps open OKEECHOBEE — The executive order by Gov. Ron DeSantis asking Floridians to stay home does not mean most local businesses will have to close on April 3. According to information shared at the April 2 meeting of the Okeechobee County Commission, the long list of businesses considered “essential services” include […]

Sheriff to enforce ‘social distancing’

Churches are not exempt from 10-person rule, says Sheriff Stephen OKEECHOBEE — The business of the day for Sheriff Noel E. Stephen after the executive order issued on April 1 was to establish who and what is considered essential as it pertains to the order. First thing on Thursday morning, he met with Okeechobee Police […]

Florida 4-H Youth…CALL TO ACTION

Some of our Florida communities are in need of protective face masks during this COVID-19 crisis. If this is a project that you would like to help with and you have supplies at home, here is an easy to follow face mask making video that will lead you through each step: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=907609343037773 Another easy to […]

Everglades Trading & Office Supply has limited supply of COVID-19 supplies

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News BELLE GLADE — Everglades Trading & Office Supply, located at 1510 West Ave. A in Belle Glade, has a limited amount of COVID-19 supplies available. They source new products every day so the inventory is always changing. There is a limit to what they sell to each customer so […]

Florida Department of Health Hendry and Glades Counties responds to questions

The Florida Department of Health appreciates the desire to understand how many people in each community have been tested, received a negative test, or are under public health monitoring as a result of suspicion they may have COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Balancing the privacy of the individuals being tested and monitored, […]

COVID19 message from the Florida Department of Health Hendry & Glades

The Florida Department of Health appreciates the desire to understand how many people in each community have been tested, received a negative test, or are under public health monitoring as a result of suspicion they may have COVID-19 or has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19. Balancing the privacy of the individuals being […]