Community leaders were front and center yesterday morning to open a newly-renovated facility in Pahokee, that will house residents in need. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held for the Lake Village at the Glades, formerly a rundown old building. Now, it’s a 42-unit apartment complex that will operate in conjunction with the Belle Glade Assessment Center to provide shelter for those in need. The one-bedroom, one-bath units will also be used to help people in the Glades isolate if they tested positive or were exposed to COVID-19. County commissioners approved the plan back in June, which also includes a homeless resource center in Belle Glade. The renovation of the Lake Village at the Glades facility took six months and was partially funded with CARES Act funds. The county is also partnering with Gulfstream Goodwill, employing 27 staff members from western Palm Beach County. At least 18 units are already occupied.
Lake Erie College football coach Ryan Murphy, is likely all smiles today, almost in direct contrast to the Pahokee High School Football team. Pahokee High’s head football coach DJ Boldin is leaving his alma mater after going 8-10 in two seasons, for chance to be a wide receiver’s coach at Division II Lake Erie College in Ohio. He announced his resignation just yesterday. Boldin named defensive coordinator Emmanuel Hendrix the Blue Devils’ interim coach. Boldin arrived at Pahokee in January 2019, taking over a Blue Devils team that went 6-6 and lost in the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Congratulations to Coach DJ Boldin, new wide receivers coach for Lake Erie College in Ohio.
As of 2 p.m. Thursday, there have been 1,752,330 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 27,247 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. According to the CDC, Florida has recorded 186 positive cases of COVID-19 variants as of Feb. 4. The type of variants is not specified on the table. 7,711 new cases of COVID-19 were reported yesterday, along with 228 new resident deaths.
Glades County: 870 (down from 871) – 13 deaths
Hendry County: 4,079 (up from 4,072) – 57 deaths
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Officials said inland counties like Hendry, Glades work hand in hand with populated coastal communities to get everyone vaccinated, Hendry County received 500 doses of the COVID 19 vaccine this week. Doctors say they are seeing more coastal residents in Hendry at the LaBelle vaccination clinic, as people all over Southwest Florida wait in line for a COVID-19 shot. According to the Florida department of health just over 2,000 people have been vaccinated in Hendry. In Glades county, there have been more than 600 vaccinations. Glades County has a limited allotment of COVID-19 Vaccines and will now accept pre-registrations by using a new online system. Visit https://myvaccine.fl.gov/ or call 866-201-6745. Print or take a photo of your pre-registration confirmation and also visit www.myglades.com to download a consent form. Again, pre-register to “get in line” to receive notification of your vaccine appointment by visiting https://myvaccine.fl.gov/. Your appointment will be at the Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven, either today between 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or Tuesday, February 9, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.