Monday December 28, 2020

Florida Highway Patrol says a crash happened at 8:10 Thursday night. They say a silver 2001 Acura SUV traveling north on Collingswood Parkway, approaching State Road 80, crashed into the driver side of another vehicle traveling east on State Road 80, bringing both vehicles to a stop. The driver of the second vehicle, who is from LaBelle, along with his other 2 passengers, was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital by Med-flight and was reported to be in serious condition. We are awaiting updates on the driver’s condition. The driver of the other vehicle fled on foot. If you have any information related to this crash, you are asked to call Florida Highway Patrol or Crime Stoppers.

As of 2 p.m. Sunday, there have been 1,271,979 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 21,212 Florida resident deaths reported according to the Florida Department of Health. 7,391 total new cases were reported yesterday along with 77 new resident deaths. In Glades County, there are a reported 761 cases in total, an increase of 1 since the last report, and 11 total deaths.
In Hendry County, the DOH reported an increase of 19 since the last report, for a total of 3,214 positive cases and 49 deaths, since the pandemic began. Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown throughout the state.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes will always and forever be a football hero. The 25th overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, Holmes did most of his damage for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Remember that game-winning touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger in Super Bowl 43? With less than a minute left, he gave the Steelers a 27-23 lead. Okay, so we know how much he’s shined on the field. Well, lately he’s been making heroic efforts in his local community.  In retirement, Holmes has focused on the III & Long Foundation, an organization that he founded in 2011. According to its official website, the III & Long Foundation is dedicated to fighting Sickle Cell Disease and providing “financial support and treatment options for families affected by the disease.” Holmes spent the holidays by giving back to his local community in a big way. According to The Palm Beach Post, Holmes and his 10 ALL IN Foundation joined United Healthcare and local farmers from U.S. Sugar in purchasing and donating more than $15,000 worth of gifts to local families in Belle Glade, Holmes’ beloved hometown. For more information on III & Long, visit the website at thirdandlongfoundation.org.

A presumed medical episode is the cause of a vehicle crash in Lee County the day after Christmas. A 66-year-old Estero man was driving in a convenient store parking lot, on Grande Oak Shoppes Boulevard approaching a parked vehicle with people inside. The Estero man suffered a possible medical episode while driving and collided with the right rear of the second vehicle. The man then backed up and pulled into an open parking space. He was soon transported to a local area hospital and pronounced deceased. The occupants of the second vehicle were from Lehigh Acres.

At a press conference in Pensacola on Wednesday, Governor Ron DeSantis reportedly announced that he will sign an executive order to prioritize seniors over the age of 65 in the general public for the COVID-19 vaccine. DeSantis said that he won’t follow the CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccinations and will prioritize the elderly population after healthcare and frontline workers. Seniors will also get priority over young essential workers. Some county level Health Departments in Florida could be able to administer vaccines to people 65 years or older as soon as today. DeSantis also announced that he expects the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to be approved by February. He said only one shot is necessary and it can be stored in a normal freezer.