Friday May 22, 2020 News

An affiliate news source is reporting that Cleveland Clinic Florida is now launching two new clinical investigations that could potentially help treat COVID-19 patients. The first trial is an outpatient trial for those who have a mild case of COVID-19. Experts said within two days of their diagnosis the patient could be a candidate to start vitamin C or Zinc in the A to Z trial. The second trial is an in-patient trial, specifically for those COVID-19 patients who have been admitted to the hospital and have had a heart attack. One Cleveland Clinic doctor said the trial will determine whether early treatment with an antibody therapy, will prevent further damage. Officials plan to enroll a total of 520 patients for the A to Z trial between the Ohio and Weston sites. Enrollment for the antibody therapy trial should begin within the next couple of weeks.

Lettuce is one of the top 10 vegetables cultivated in the United States.  The crop has experienced devastation nationwide with the emergence of the deadly disease called Bacterial Leaf Spot (BLS). Currently, there is no control method. University of Florida scientists at Everglades Research and Education Center in Belle Glade, along with other land grant universities and federal agencies, have been at the forefront of research since the disease emerged. Focus has been on studying BLS and how it destroys lettuce. An $850,816 grant will fund the continuation of research led by our local scientists in Belle Glade, in a multistate endeavor with Pennsylvania State University and the United States Department of Agriculture –California.

You may have received an alert about a tornado warning in the Glades area yesterday. Well apparently, a funnel cloud reportedly touched down in a field near Belle Glade, shortly after that warning from the National Weather Service. NWS has confirmed the tornado did hit the area. There were no damages or injuries caused by the tornado.  Some took to social media posting photos of the sightings. It’s said that extremely high winds and hurricane-like deluges, were reported by witnesses.

The most recent Hendry County COVID-19 report from the Florida Department of Health says there have been 240 residents who have tested positive for the Coronavirus since testing began. 38 of those cases have since recovered, 12 people have died. Total ACTIVE positive cases for COVID is 190. Hendry County’s COVID-19 Dashboard can be found at The number of positive cases in Glades County has reached 19.

The Department of Health strongly urges residents to continue following the guidance provided by the CDC and DOH in order to slow the spread of COVID-19:

· Stay home as much as possible

· Wash your hands often with soap and water

· Cover your coughs and sneezes 

· Clean and disinfect surfaces often

· If you are sick, call your medical provider or local health department

Multiple COVID-19 Testing Sites Available in Hendry and Glades Counties

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties will provide free COVID-19 Testing. Notices for available testing sites, days and times will be sent out on a weekly basis.

Hendry County Health Department in Clewiston: 1100 S. Olympia Wednesday May 27th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Hendry County Health Department in LaBelle: 1140 Pratt Blvd Friday, May 29th from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Glades County Health Department in Moore Haven: 1021 Health Park Drive Monday, June 1st from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. (Weather permitting)

Residents of Hendry and Glades Counties can secure an appointment for testing by calling the Hendry County Health Department Clewiston (863) 983-1408, LaBelle (863) 674-4041 or Moore Haven (863) 946-0707

There are no criteria for testing, however, appointments are required and individuals must be 18 years and older. Appointments will not be made more than one week in advance. No same-day appointments will be made. No “walk-ins” accepted. Additionally, anti-body testing will not be available. This is a “drive-thru” service. All individuals must stay in their vehicles during the process (during registration and while being tested). Persons tested will be notified by phone of their results. Results may take 5 business days.

Other Testing Locations in Hendry County:

Forbes Family Medicine Address: 500 W Sagamore Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440, Phone: (863) 983-3434

Hendry Regional Medical Center, Address: 524 W Sagamore Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 902-3000

Hendry Convenient Care, Address: 450 S Main St #2, LaBelle, FL 33935, Phone: (863) 675-2356 Florida Community Health Centers, Address: 315 W C Owen Ave, Clewiston, FL 33440 Phone: (863) 983-7813

Should I be tested for COVID-19? Before you decide to make an appointment to be tested for COVID-19, please consider the following:

Are you ill, or caring for someone who is ill?

In the two weeks before you felt sick, did you: Have contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?

Do you have any of the following? Fever or feeling feverish (chills, sweating) Cough Sore throat Muscle aches or body aches Vomiting or diarrhea Change in smell or taste

In the last two weeks have you spent time (visited, worked or volunteered) in a hospital, emergency room, clinic, medical office, long-term care facility or nursing home, ambulance service, first responder services, any health care setting or taken care of patients or someone who has been sick?

Do you have any of the following conditions? Chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, or smoking Serious heart conditions Weakened immune system (cancer treatment, prolonged use of steroids, transplant or HIV/AIDS) Severe obesity (Body Mass Index [BMI] greater than or equal to 40) Underlying conditions (diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease) Please stop the spread of COVID-19:

If you have been tested for COVID-19, please stay at home until you receive your test results. Follow social distancing, even when you are at work and home (especially if someone in your home is sick)  Stay at home if you are sick, or if you have been around someone who has been sick.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds  Cover your coughs and sneezes; cough or sneeze into a tissue NOT in your hands!  Cover your face with a cloth face covering when you are in public or around others.  Clean and disinfect frequently used surfaces  Avoid travel to higher risk areas (areas known to have high numbers of cases) Please remember: 6 feet of space and cover your face! 6 pies de espacio y cubre tu rostro! The Florida Department of Health (DOH) releases a report on COVID-19 cases in Florida once per day. There is also a report detailing surveillance data for every Florida county. The Florida Department of Health also releases a list of long-term care facilities in Florida with active cases and number of deaths in each facility. The surveillance data, long term care data and information on a case-by-case basis can be found at: En Español: RESPUESTA AL NUEVO CORONAVIRUS2019 (COVID-19) For information and advisories from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), please visit the CDC COVID-19 website, this website is also available in Spanish and Creole. En Español: CENTROS PARA EL CONTROL Y LA PREVENCION The COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 | 1 (866) 779-6121 | Additionally, Hendry County has created a local dashboard of information:

Crime stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for Brock Mardis. His last known address is unidentified. He is wanted for VIOLATION OF PROBATION on AGGRAVATED BATTERY Charges. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Brock Mardis, contact Crime stoppers of Palm Beach County.