Friday December 4, 2020

There is no school for students in the Palm Beach County School District. The school district has decided to keep a “teacher in-service day” which means there is no instruction for students. This is the last day off for students until winter break which starts on December 18th. Parents will soon have to decide — again — whether they want their children to continue with “distance learning” for the rest of the school year, or if they would like their children to return to school when the second semester begins in January. About 40 percent of the Palm Beach County School District’s 180,000 student population has returned, while the rest continue to learn from home.

The United States is experiencing the very worst of the pandemic so far recording 203,304 new coronavirus infections; 3,157 people died of COVID-19 on Wednesday — the highest daily death toll of any nation since the pandemic began. That’s reportedly more people than died in the attacks on September 11, 2001. Yesterday, in the US, 2,702 people died. There are 18,874 Florida resident deaths reported in total. At the last report, there were 10,870 total new cases reported and 98 new resident deaths. Locally, Glades County reports 683 (up by 4 new cases overnight), with 10 deaths. Hendry County is up by 21 new cases, with 45 deaths.  Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reports two men have been arrested in Orlando in connection to a fatal shooting of a man in Belle Glade last month. In the early morning hours of Nov. 15, deputies were called to the 200 block of Southwest Fifth Street. They found a man fatally injured from gunshot wounds. Erick Singleton and his brother, Richard Singleton, were arrested on first-degree murder charges in Orlando in connection with the shooting. Richard Singleton, 42, was arrested Tuesday and remains in the Orange County Jail. It’s unclear when Erick Singleton was arrested.  PBSO is not identifying the man killed in the shooting after family members invoked their right to privacy under Marsy’s Law. This is at least the fourth homicide in Belle Glade this year, according to a database. All three of the other men who were killed also were fatally shot. 

For residents who live and work along the St. Lucie Estuary, The Army Corps of Engineers announced Thursday they will begin to reduce freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee. The discharges will stop on Saturday, but it will only last for five days. The Army Corps of Engineers said the discharges will resume Wednesday for one week but at a reduced amount from previous weeks. The release pattern will continue for the next month. The lake level on Thursday was 16.02 feet, which is nearly 3 feet higher than this time last year.