Thursday July 23, 2020

The Palm Beach County School Board unanimously approved Wednesday to delay starting schools until Aug. 31. Last week, the board decided the school year will begin virtually due to the recent surge in coronavirus cases in Florida. The school district said the new start date gives teachers more time to prepare for virtual learning and the distribution of laptops to students in need. The change in the school calendar will not impact the pay of most school district employees. Under the new Palm Beach County school calendar, the Thanksgiving, winter and spring breaks will remain as previously scheduled. The last day of school will be Friday, June 18, 2021. During Wednesday’s meeting, school board members debated when and which students would return to brick-and-mortar schools under phased reopening. Gov. Ron DeSantis said Wednesday he supports parents sending their children to either in-person classroom instruction or distance learning from home when the fall school year begins.

Glades County Public Safety has been notified of a COVID related death of a 51-year-old male resident. This is the second reported COVID related death for Glades County. This brings the total number in the County to 289 positive residents since testing began in March. Residents are encouraged to continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water, cover you cough and sneezes, and disinfect surfaces as often as possible.  Proper mask use is making sure your nose & mouth are covered.  Drive- thru COVID-19 testing is available for any resident on Monday July 27th- Please contact Glades County Department of Health at 863-946-0707 to schedule an appointment. There are no criteria for testing.

The Florida Department of Health July 22 reports shows 1,427 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since testing began in March; An additional Hendry County resident has died from the virus since as reflected in the latest report. Positive cases are up by 18 since yesterday. More information about COVID-19 cases in Florida can be found on the DOH website – and on the DOH dashboard which is updated once a day at approximately 11:30am.

With number of COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise in our area, the Hendry County Health Department has another way to help slow the spread. Dr. Joseph Pepe, Health Administrator for the County will provide a COVID-19 safety course in conjunction with the Health Department. The course is to help businesses and employees address policies and procedures that should be used in order to protect themselves and their customers. The course will be held this Friday from 11 a.m. to noon and all participants will receive a certificate to be displayed in your place of business. To sign up, visit