Friday September 25, 2020

A news source reports Palm Beach County public schools have reported the first two student cases of COVID-19.  A student at Palm Beach Gardens High and another at Citrus Cove Elementary were confirmed by the Health Department on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, before landing on the school district’s COVID dashboard Thursday morning, district officials said.  There is no information about where they picked up the virus. The district is reporting new confirmed cases on its COVID-19 dashboard, which launched Monday. The dashboard first reported 19 cases, all employees. But in the following two days, the district had to retract eight others after they were discovered to be reported in error. Several large districts across the state have launched similar dashboards including Hendry.

Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County is searching for 49 year old Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez has no known address on record. He is wanted for first degree murder and aggravated battery. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Alexis Sanchez, contact Crimes Stoppers of Palm Beach County. 

The Goodwill Mobile unit made its rounds this week. From Immokalee to Fort Myers, to locally in Hendry County. Gian Carlos Castano, coordinator for the Job-Link Mobile unit, says the bus gives residents the opportunity to take advantage of some important services like Hendry Cares, food stamps, unemployment assistance and so much more. Its most recent stop was in Montura, but if needed, Castano says, there are other outreach locations. Stay tuned to WAFC for the next Mobile Unit stop near you. For more information, here are the coordinators:

Fernanda Geronimo  91 Lee St. LaBelle, FL 33935  Office: (863)674-0559 Cell: (239)823-7927

Mercedes Maturana 969 West Sugarland Hwy. Clewiston, FL 33440 Office: (863)983-2774 Cell: (239)823-8229

Gian Carlos Castano Mobile Unit (239)634-9601

Hendry County will be conducting mosquito spraying over Felda, LaBelle Acres (Case and Evans Roads), LaBelle Ranchettes (Alphabet Roads), South LaBelle, Caloosa Estates, Caloosa Shores, Double J Acres, Ft Denaud, Ft Denaud Acres, Murray Road and Phillips Road Vicinity, North LaBelle, Northwest Hendry County and Wheeler Estates now through Sunday, September 27th. These operations will continue throughout the remainder of the year as necessary.

The Student ACES team in Belle Glade has been recognized as a regional winner in South Florida for the Guidewell Reshaping Health Access challenge. They’re now entered into the finals and soon will have the opportunity to compete for a $40,000 state grand prize. The Student ACES Center’s program aims to improve health literacy by providing health education so local high school athletes are more equipped with the tools and knowledge needed to live a healthy lifestyle. The Student ACES Center in Belle Glade supports students through their online distance learning programs. We reached out to KD Fletcher, the center director for comment, we have not heard back. The top finalists from each region will be invited to present their approaches and compete for the grand prize of $40,000 at the Reshaping Health Access challenge statewide showcase on Wednesday, Oct. 28. This year’s statewide event will also be held virtually.