Friday November 13, 2020

Florida reported another 5,607 people have been infected with COVID-19. The total is lower than Wednesday’s total, but still indicates a rise compared to recent weeks. More people also have been admitted to hospitals for COVID-19 complications in South Florida and across the state. The number reached just over 3,000 statewide on Thursday, the most since Sept. 9. With the official data released Thursday, Florida has confirmed 863,619 total cases of COVID-19. The state reported another 73 deaths from the virus, lifting the total number of fatalities in Florida to 17,585. The report shows a total of 17,372 Floridians had died from COVID-19. The DOH says most of the fatalities reported Thursday happened in recent weeks but were just confirmed in the past day. Florida has the fourth-highest total of COVID-19 deaths among the states, behind California, Texas and New York, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida State quarterback, South Bay native and former Glades Central Community High School star James Blackman is calling it quits. He intends to transfer and will not play for the remainder of the season with FSU. Mike Norvell said Blackman is seeking “other opportunities” after he graduates. Blackman began the season as the starter but was benched in favor of true freshman Tate Rodemaker for the third game against Jacksonville State. In last weekend’s game against Pittsburgh, Blackman replaced injured redshirt sophomore Jordan Travis and threw an interception, leading to boos from the home crowd. He didn’t play the rest of the game. The fourth-year player ends his FSU career having thrown for 5,445 yards with 43 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.

The South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) Governing Board unanimously approved fully funding the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Reservoir Project’s Stormwater Treatment Area (STA). The $64 million transfer from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection will provide SFWMD all the funds it needs to complete the 6,500-acre STA, that will clean water stored in the EAA Reservoir, and allow it to be moved south to the Everglades. SFWMD expects to complete the STA portion of the project by 2023. When used in conjunction with other Everglades restoration projects that will be completed over the next several years, the EAA Reservoir Project will reduce environmentally damaging discharges from Lake Okeechobee to the northern estuaries. The project will also increase the flow of clean water south to Everglades National Park.

A local news affiliate WFLX reports, Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link has tested positive for the coronavirus. Link is quoted as saying, “I do not have any symptoms and feel fine” and she will be quarantining in her home until she is cleared. Employees in her office were all tested for COVID-19 after the Nov. 2 general election as a precaution, and all other results were negative, according to a spokesperson. Throughout all of her public appearances leading up to and after the election, Sartory Link was seen wearing a mask.

The Florida Department of Health reports, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and ranchers that the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) is Dec. 11, 2020. This program provides direct relief to producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. CFAP 2 will provide up to $14 billion to eligible producers of certain row crops, livestock, dairy, specialty crops, aquaculture and more. All eligible commodities, payment rates and calculations can be found on farmers.gov/cfap, where you can also apply. A reminder! CFAP 2 is a separate program from (CFAP 1) and interested producers must complete a new application to be eligible for payment for CFAP 2. Visit farmers.gov/cfap.