Hundreds line up for COVID-19 testing

OKEECHOBEE — Three hundred Okeechobee residents lined up to be tested for the COVID-19 virus at the New St. Stephen AME Church on Saturday. “The New St. Stephen AME Church and the Delagall Foundation would like to thank everyone who assisted in the advertisement, processing and administrating the of the free COVID-19 testing and mask […]

COVID-19 testing set for Clewiston, Moore Haven and LaBelle

LABELLE — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties continues to provide free COVID-19 testing. Notices for available testing sites, days and times will be sent out on a weekly basis. • Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven:, 1021 Health Park Drive, Monday, July 6, from 9 a.m. to noon (weather […]

State turns off tap at bars

TALLAHASSEE — The morning of June 26, Halsey Beshears, Florida’s secretary of the Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR), announced that effective immediately his department would be suspending on-premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide. The move came on the same day that the State of Florida added 8,942 new COVID-19 cases. The order […]

Okeechobee County has 333 COVID-19 positives; Hendry County, 895; Glades County, 158 as of June 27

According to the Florida Department of Health, as of June 27, there were 132,545 COVID-19 positive cases in Florida. In Florida to date, 3,390 people have died related to the virus and 14,136 hospitalized. In the state, only about 4% of those who believed they may have had COVID-19 and recovered tested positive for antibodies. […]

Okeechobee CVS offers COVID-19 testing

OKEECHOBEE — CVS Pharmacy in Okeechobee now offers free, drive-thru testing for the COVID-19 virus. Testing is free and by appointment only. To qualify for the test, you must meet criteria set by the Centers for Disease Control or be a first responder or health care professional. Testing will be available from 9 a.m. to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]