CDC: Select, wear and clean masks with care

ATLANTA — The Centers for Disease Control and Preention recommends that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Research has shown the COVID-19 virus is spread in the droplets of moisture that leave the nose and mouth when […]

Mask sewing volunteers are at it again

OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee Sewing Masks for Unity group has been hard at work sewing emergency masks for the public school system over the last few weeks. The mask group, which was started back in March at the beginning of the pandemic, is a Facebook group created by Shayne Clayville in response to the need […]

Prevent glasses from fogging

Those who wear glasses sometimes complain that wearing a mask causes their glasses to fog. Tips on preventing glasses from fogging up come from several sources, including information shared for actors who wear masks on stage and for doctors who wear surgical masks. “Typing a surgical masks to prevent fogging,” by D.J. Jordan and R. […]

Duke University tests effectiveness of masks

Study finds homemade cotton masks provide good coverage, neck ‘gaiters’ don’t block moisture droplets News from Duke HealthSpecial to the Lake Okeechobee News DURHAM, N.C. — Duke physician Eric Westman was one of the first champions of masking as a means to curtail the spread of coronavirus, working with a local nonprofit to provide free […]

CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread

News from the CDC ATLANTA — In an editorial published July 14 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), CDC reviewed the latest science and affirms that cloth face coverings are a critical tool in the fight against COVID-19 that could reduce the spread, particularly when used universally within communities. There is increasing […]

Every residential address to receive masks in the mail

PALM BEACH COUNTY — Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners approved a countywide mask mail out program for every residential address to receive four masks; two cloth masks and two pleated masks. The county is currently under a State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19 and issued a mandatory facial covering order effective […]

Winn-Dixie to require customers to wear masks

By Joe CaldwellDirector, Corporate Communications and Government AffairsSoutheastern Grocers At Southeastern Grocers, we put people at the center of each and every decision we make for our stores. Our decisions have always been shaped by listening to our people and our communities. As we have navigated through the complexities and challenges of the pandemic, we […]

Publix to require customers to wear face coverings

LAKELAND — Effective July 21, Publix will require customers to wear face coverings while shopping in its stores. “With the number of coronavirus cases continuing to grow and current CDC guidance indicating face coverings can help slow the spread of COVID-19, we believe requiring face coverings in our stores is another way we can do […]

U.S. Surgeon General: ‘COVID stops with me’

Everyone can help stop COVID-19, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams explained in a July 12 interview on “Face the Nation.” “There are two very important things that I just want the American people to know. Number one, we are in a very different place than what we were in February and March. We have an […]

Free masks available in Okeechobee

OKEECHOBEE —The Okeechobee Health Department has provided thousands of cloth face masks to local business and organizations for distribution to the public. “The two most important things you can do to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community are use the face covering and maintain 6 feet of social distancing,” said Tiffany Collins. Cloth […]