CHS launches telehealth counseling

WINTER PARK — Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is offering free, confidential telehealth counseling for children, teens and families. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are facing heightened anxiety and stressors including unemployment and lack of child care, interruptions to social interactions and daily routines. Children’s Home Society began in 1902 with the Orphan […]

CHS launches telehealth counseling By Cathy Womble Lake Okeechobee News

FLORIDA — Children’s Home Society of Florida (CHS) is offering free, confidential telehealth counseling for children, teens and families. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, families are facing heightened anxiety and stressors including unemployment and lack of childcare, interruptions to social interactions and daily routines. Children’s Home Society began in 1902 with the Orphan Trains, and […]

Palm Beach County expands COVID-19 Testing Program for Homebound & Elderly

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Fire Rescue, with the support of the Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management and the Florida Division of Emergency Management will begin the testing of homebound residents the week of May 18. Residents eligible for the new testing option include homebound […]

COVID-19 testing planned Wednesday in Canal Point

Special to the Lake Okeechobee News CANAL POINT – On Wednesday, May 20, the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Department will conduct walk-up and drive-up COVID-19 testing in Canal Point to any resident who wishes to be tested. There are no testing criteria. Anyone who wishes to be tested will be tested. Testing is free. […]

Gyms may reopen Monday, restaurants to use 50% capacity

By Katrina ElskenLake Okeechobee News JACKSONVILLE — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced more plans to reopen state businesses. In a May 15 press conference, the governor said gyms can reopen on Monday, May 18. Restaurants, retail shops, museums and libraries may operate at 50% capacity. The governor said some restaurants may put Plexiglas partitions […]

Hendry County offers COVID-19 Safety Course By Danika J. Hopper Lake Okeechobee News

HENDRY COUNTY — The Hendry County Economic Development Council, along with the Clewiston Chamber of Commerce has collaborated with the Hendry County Health Department to offer a free COVID-19 safety course for businesses and employees. The safety course will go over policies and procedures that can and should be utilized in order to protect both […]

Hendry Regional Medical Center to resume elective surgeries

CLEWISTON — In March, in an effort to conserve medical supplies and PPE (personal protective equipment) during the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order directing health care providers to cancel elective procedures. But, as part of phase one of Gov. DeSantis’s plan to reopen the state’s economy, hospitals can now begin scheduling […]

WIC services announces updates

OKEECHOBEE — The Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County WIC program continues to welcome families. In order to limit exposure and help prevent the spread of COVID-19, some Okeechobee County Women, Infants and Children Program clients may now receive services over the phone without having to come to the WIC office. WIC is a […]

Wildwood Yoga uses technology to keep people active

OKEECHOBEE — In reaction to the COVID-19 crisis, businesses around Lake Okeechobee have had to find creative ways to adjust to the new rules and restrictions put in place by the state and federal governments. Wildwood Yoga & Wellness in Okeechobee faced a particular problem. When following social distancing guidelines they couldn’t allow people into […]

Florida Department of Health temporarily reactivates inactive health care practitioner licenses in response to public health emergency

TALLAHASSEE — In an effort to ensure that all Floridians have access to licensed health care providers, the Florida Department of Health will temporarily reactivate unencumbered inactive licenses for those who make a request through the Department as provided for in section 381.00315(1)(c)3., Florida Statutes. This offer is extended only to practitioners whose license is […]