Monday August 10, 2020

Test results for more than 85,300 individuals were reported to DOH as of midnight, on Saturday, August 8. Sunday, as reported at 11 a.m., there are 6,229 new positive COVID-19 cases and 77 Florida resident deaths related to COVID-19. Unfortunately, now one of those deaths was from Hendry County, bringing the total number of deaths in the County to 38. Total number of positive cases since testing began? 1,761.

On Friday, a baby and two others are in the hospital following a crash between a car and a train. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said the collision happened around 9 a.m. near Runyon Village and State Road 15, just north of Belle Glade. Fire rescue crews had to pull three people out of the car, which landed on its side. A medical helicopter took one adult to the hospital. The infant and a second adult went to the hospital in an ambulance. We reached out to Albert Borotto of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue just yesterday. There was no updated information available.

401 Positive Cases if Covid-19 have been reported in Glades County since testing began in March. That’s up 3 since Friday. Thankfully, no more deaths have been reported over the weekend. There have been over 1100 residents tested in Glades County. Public Safety officials continue to encourage all residents to continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water, cover you cough and sneezes, and disinfect surfaces as often as possible.  Proper mask use is making sure your nose & mouth are covered. Drive- thru COVID-19 testing is available for any resident today and Saturday August 15th- Please contact Glades County Department of Health at 863-946-0707 to schedule an appointment. You do not need to be experiencing symptoms.

The state is giving some money to Hendry County to help develop a future project. Governor Ron DeSantis awarded nearly $1 million ($990,565) in grants to 22 local governments and four Regional Planning Councils here in Florida. Administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, the grant program assists communities with the creation of innovative planning and development strategies to promote economic diversity, while also protecting environmentally sensitive areas. Hendry County was awarded $40,000 to create a report to help implement the Hendry County findings from the AirGlades Land Use Study in order to evaluate and support future development.

At the next LaBelle City Council meeting Thursday, the City will consider “Sherri’s Tree”, a memorial tree or plaque to remember Sherri Craichy, past Mayor of the city. Sherri served on The LaBelle City Commission (1980-1987) and The LaBelle City Variance Board (1988-1993). As Mayor from 1993-2005, she was the driving force behind many of the projects still standing in the city today. Sherri passed away June 26, 2010 – 10 years ago. The next LaBelle City Council meeting is Thursday, August 13th at 6 p.m. at City Hall. There, the board will decide if and how they will memorialize Sherri Craichy, former mayor, on the 10th year since her death.

The Harry Chapin Food Bank will be providing free food at several locations from Aug. 10 to Aug. 15. Locally, they will be at the Hendry/LaBelle Rodeo Arena located at 20 Veterans Way in LaBelle on August 12 from 10 a.m. to noon.