Cloth masks do not trap CO2, say health officials

OKEECHOBEE — People all over the world have often covered their mouths and noses with cloth for various reasons, and without ill effects. Cowboys used bandannas to make it easier to breathe on a dusty trail (not to mention rob banks and trains in old movies). Fishermen use neck gaiters pulled up over their noses […]

Senior citizens group wants mask ordinance in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE — A group of senior citizens plans to protest the Okeechobee County commissioners’ failure to require everyone to wear masks in public buildings … just as soon as the weather cools off. At the July 2 commission meeting, during the public comments period, Dean Irvine spoke on behalf of “a geriatric group,” and asked […]

Wearing masks does not violate Florida law

FLORIDA — Contrary to what you may have read on social media, rules requiring people wear cloth face coverings in public buildings to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are not in violation of Florida Statute. This myth has been making the rounds on social media, based on Florida Statute 876.12, enacted in 1951, which states: […]

PBSO taking extensive precautions due to COVID-19; Inmates making masks to supply county’s two jails

BELLE GLADE — The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) is following a strict set of policy protocols because of officials’ concern over the constant threat of a COVID-19 virus outbreak occurring in its detention facilities or offices. This newspaper inquired last week about what precautions were being taken in the main Palm Beach County […]

This mom is not in love with the idea of masks in school

BRADENTON — After their school board met to decide whether children would be required to wear masks to school in the fall, Lori Crick took to Facebook to express her opinion on the subject:“Here’s how I think requiring masks might work in elementary school:Please don’t snap Billy’s mask in his face.Your mask is not a […]

Okeechobee County Health Department gives out free masks

OKEECHOBEE — For many months now, the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County has been working with the residents, visitors and community leaders to identify and isolate positive cases of COVID-19 in Okeechobee County. In an effort to slow the spread and keep Okeechobee County safe, this week the Florida Department of Health in […]

If you wear a mask, be sure to wear it safely

OKEECHOBEE — If you choose to wear a mask, wear it safely, said Okeechobee County Emergency Management Director Mitch Smeykal. It’s not recommended for children under the age of 2 to wear any type of mask, he explained, but over the age of 2, if social distancing isn’t possible, maybe. “Take a look at the […]

Masks must be worn on public transport and in county buildings

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County issued an executive order requiring cloth masks be worn in government buildings:Emergency Order Number 10 – Additional Directive on Wearing of Facial Coverings: Amends Palm Beach County Order 2020-004 for facial coverings. Effective 12:01 a.m.. on June 8, 2020. Section 3 of Emergency Order 2020-004 is hereby amended […]

Belle Glade senior center to hand out free masks on Friday, June 12

BELLE GLADE — As more people venture out, West County Senior Center in Belle Glade wants to help you and your family stay safe, so it is planning another free distribution of cloth-style masks from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 12, during a community grab and go drive-thru in the parking lot […]

Group makes purple masks for high school seniors

OKEECHOBEE — When she heard the high school seniors would be required to wear fabric masks to their high school graduations, Cathy Womble, a founding member of the Facebook group Okeechobee Sewing Masks for Unity, asked the group if anyone was making masks for the seniors. Dena Baker, another founding member, immediately stepped up and […]

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