CDC: Cover your face in public to protect others

Looks like it’s time to “cowboy up.” A new recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) came out on Friday, encouraging people who don’t have symptoms of the COVID-19 virus to cover their nose and mouth in public. A simple bandanna, worn in the style cowboys use to protect themselves from the dust of […]

Fifth Hendry County resident tests positive for COVID-19 virus

LABELLE – A fifth resident of Hendry County has tested positive for COVID-19. The latest case is confirmed to be a 38 year old male resident of Clewiston. All five individuals who have tested positive in Hendry County are currently under isolation. Hendry County officials strongly urge residents to continue following the guidance provided by […]

Okeechobee woman, 33, tests positive for COVID-19; Stay at home order ‘not the devil doing his work,’ says sheriff

OKEECHOBEE — As of Friday afternoon, Okeechobee County had two confirmed cases of COVID-19: a 41-year-old man who is self-isolating in Tampa and a 33-year-old woman who is self-isolating at home in Okeechobee. At a Friday afternoon press conference, Tiffany Collins of the Okeechobee County Health Department said the health department is tracking these individuals’ […]

Hendry Regional Medical Center shares updates

CLEWISTON – Hendry Regional Medical Center shared the following update on April 3: The following only reflects Hendry Regional Medical Center and its rural health clinics. This does not include all the cases/tests in the community. • HRMC has sent a total of 119 specimens for outside testing since the onset of the virus, 52 […]

ALDI updates customers regarding enhanced safety measures

As everyone navigates the changes brought about by the spread of COVID-19, ALDI wants shoppers to know that, above all else, it remains committed to the safety and well-being of its employees and customers. Over the past several weeks, ALDI has intensified cleaning practices in all facilities and have issued health and safety guidance for […]

First responders will be warned of COVID-19 cases

OKEECHOBEE — If first responders are sent to an address where a person who has COVID-19 lives, or whose COVID-19 test is pending, will they be warned? That was the question Okeechobee County Commissioner David Hazellief had for Tiffany Collins of the Okeechobee County Health Department at the commission’s March 30 meeting. Ms. Collins assured […]

Missionaries have flight almost to themselves

OKEECHOBEE — Paul and Anna Smith (names changed to protect their identities) are missionaries to Japan, along with their young son and daughter. Anna grew up in Okeechobee and then went off to college where she met Paul. Together they felt the call to go serve the Lord in Tokyo, Japan, and they packed their […]

OHS tennis team recognizes seniors

OKEECHOBEE — Originally the Okeechobee High School boys and girls tennis teams were scheduled to hold their senior night on March 31 before their match against Lake Placid. But after COVID-19 caused the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to press pause on all spring sports at high schools in the state, the seniors on […]

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 […]

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