Above-normal hurricane season predicted

Forecasters predict 16 named storms, with four Cat 3 or stronger Florida could be in for an above-average hurricane season, according to forecasters at Colorado State University. On April 2, Philip J. Klotzbach, Michael M. Belle and Jhordanne Jones released the “Extended Range Forecast of Atlantic Seasonal Hurricane Activity and Landfall Strike Probability for 2020.” […]

Please don’t discard gloves in parking lots

On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) started recommending that everyone start wearing cloth face masks or scarves when out in public in order to protect others. Gloves are another matter. The reason behind the face mask recommendation is they have found that the virus may be spread by the tiny […]

Most churches using online services

Nationwide, religious services are among the mass gatherings where the COVID-19 virus is believed to have been spread from person to person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends maintaining staying at home if at all possible and maintaining 6 feet of separation from other people if you have to go out for […]

Lake lower; corps reduces flow to river

LAKE OKEECHOBEE — As Lake Okeechobee’s level continues to fall, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the flow from the lake to the Caloosahatchee River to the minimum of 457 cubic feet per second set by the South Florida Water Management District. Because the flow is measured at the Franklin Lock (which is […]

More cases of COVID-19 reported as testing continues in region

TALLAHASSEE — Total confirmed cases of those infected with the COVID-19 virus in Florida rose to 14,504 on Tuesday, including 14,065 Florida residents and 439 non-Florida residents. The Florida Department of Health designates anyone whose permanent address is not in Florida as a non-resident. When the pandemic began, some of the state’s winter visitors chose […]

Stay at home order ‘not the devil’s 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’ […]

74 year old man is Okeechobee County’s third COVID-19 positive

OKEECHOBEE – A 74 year old man is the third person in Okeechobee County to test positive for the COVID-19 virus. He has been hospitalized. He is listed as a “non resident” on the Florida Department of Health dash board. The first positive, a 41 year old man, has an Okeechobee address, but was tested […]

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 […]

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’ […]

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 […]