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 […]

Grants to be available for small businesses and self-employed individuals

OKEECHOBEE — If your business was closed during by Gov. Ron DeSantis’s executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, you may qualify for some grant funds through Okeechobee County. Businesses such as salons and bars closed by the executive orders and 1099 self-employed individuals who could not work due to the executive orders will […]

Bank of America to reopen Okeechobee branch on Monday

OKEECHOBEE – The Okeechobee branch of Bank of America will reopen Monday, June 22, according to Senior Vice President, External Communications, Southeast U.S. Media Relations Matthew Daily. The bank was closed on Thursday and Friday. A note on the door just stated the branch was temporarily closed and gave no information about how long it […]

County to receive some CARES Act funding

OKEECHOBEE – CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act funding for Okeechobee County should be released soon. “We have been working on this for 75 days,” said Okeechobee County Commission Chair Terry Burroughs at the June 11 county commission meeting. “Yesterday the governor released the money to 55 counties,” he explained. “Hopefully by tomorrow, […]

COVID-19 mobile testing site will be in Okeechobee June 12

OKEECHOBEE — THE COVID-19 mobile testing site will be at the City Hall Park, 55 S.E. Third Ave. in Okeechobee on Friday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Inspiring People: You don’t have to be born here to be part of the family

OKEECHOBEE — Marc and Paulette Bragel prove you don’t have to be born in Okeechobee to be part of the family. Both of them are from New England. Marc is from Danvers, Mass., right near Salem, “Witch City,” he laughed. She was born in Hartford, Conn., but grew up in Palm Beach County. He has […]

Okeechobee County has 60 COVID-19 positive cases confirmed

OKEECHOBEE – Okeechobee County has 60 positive COVID-19 cases, according to the Florida Department of Health May 24 report. Those who tested positive range in age from 6 to 87 years old. Seven people in Okeechobee have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Of the positive cases, 17% are Black, 73% White and 10% unknown or […]

Juvenile facilities in Okeechobee report COVID-19 positive cases; One staff member at Okeechobee Girls Academy tests positive; one staff member and six youth test positive at Okeechobee Youth Development Facility

OKEECHOBEE – Two juvenile detention facilities on Okeechobee County have staff and/or juveniles who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. On May 15, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice released their weekly report on COVID-19 positive cases. Okeechobee Girls Academy had one employee or contract staff member who tested positive. Okeechobee Youth Development Center […]

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice reports a youth at Okeechobee Youth Development Center tested positive for COVID-19

Youth at Okeechobee Youth Development Center tests positive for COVID-19

FDOH reports COVID-19 numbers continue to grow: 145 in Hendry County; 28 in Okeechobee County; 7 in Glades County; 3,870 in Palm Beach County

TALLAHASSEE – The number of COVID-19 positive cases in the Lake Okeechobee area continues to grow. In addition, more longterm care facility residents and staff members have been found to be COVID-19 positive according to the Florida Department of Health. The FDOH report on the number of longterm care facility residents who are currently positive, […]

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