Okeechobee COVID-19 positive rate up to 9.2%

OKEECHOBEE — As COVID-19 testing increases in Okeechobee County, a higher percentage of those tested are getting positive results. As of June 25, the county’s positive rate had risen to 9.2 percent, with 289 positive and 3.151 tests. The State of Florida’s positive rate is 6.5%. At the June 25 meeting of the Okeechobee County […]

Statewide COVID-19 Helplines for mental health assistance

To receive free mental health assistance due to the stress of COVID-19 contact one of the following statewide organizations: Florida Department of Health COVID-19 — Call 866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@flhealth.gov Florida 2-1-1 — Dial 2-1-1 Salvation Army Emotional and Spiritual Care — Call 844-458-4673 Florida Blue 24-Hour Toll-Free Helpline/New Directions Behavioral Health — Call 833-848-1762 […]

Emergency Order Issued Requiring Masks or Face Coverings Special to the Lake Okeechobee News

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-012 has been issued requiring face coverings in Palm Beach County. This order applies in all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County and was effective Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Facial coverings must be worn by all persons, other than those specifically […]

Emergency Order Issued Requiring Masks or Face Coverings

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Emergency Order 2020-012 has been issued requiring face coverings in Palm Beach County. This order applies in all incorporated and unincorporated areas of Palm Beach County and was effective Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. Facial coverings must be worn by all persons, other than those specifically […]

Get your free COVID-19 testing and face mask on Saturday, June 27

OKEECHOBEE — New St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, 1050 N.E. 16th Ave., will provide free COVID-19 testing and face masks on Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to noon. Sponsors of this event includes New St. Stephen A.M.E. Church, Delagall Foundation, Florida Community Health, Chobee Grocery, Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Department, Douglas Park Grocery, Taylor Rental and […]

Antibody tests could have false positives

ATLANTA — Antibody tests for the COVID-19 virus could give false positives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. “The virus that causes COVID-19 is new, and what we know about it changes rapidly,” the CDC website states. “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized antibody tests for this virus […]

Okeechobee County increases COVID-19 testing

OKEECHOBEE — Five hundred and eight persons were tested at the mobile testing visit in Okeechobee on June 12 in Okeechobee according to the information reported June 18 at the Okeechobee County Commission meeting. Tiffany Collins, of the Okeechobee County Health Department, said they are increasing testing in Okeechobee County to help slow the spread […]

Clewiston reopens some public facilities

By Randy MartinClewiston City Manager CLEWISTON — The City of Clewiston is announcing some changes to its operations related to the COVID-19 virus. In light of recent executive order modifications issued by the governor, these changes from the actions previously taken by the city are being implemented. The public is still advised that COVID-19 confirmed […]

Blood donors tested for COVID-19 antibodies

OKEECHOBEE — If you are in good health and wonder if you might have contracted and recovered from the COVID-19 virus sometime earlier this year, there is a free and easy way to get an antibody test and help save lives in the process: Donate blood. OneBlood tests all donated blood for COVID-19 antibodies. Donations […]

Surgeon general: Face masks mean more freedom

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams went online June 14 to encourage Americans to wear cloth face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “Some feel face coverings infringe on their freedom of choice — but if more wear them, we’ll have MORE freedom to go out,” […]