Monday January 4, 2021

As of 2:30 p.m. Sunday, there have been 1,365,436 positive cases of the coronavirus recorded in the state. There are 21,987 Florida resident deaths reported, according to the Florida Department of Health. Yesterday, the DOH reported 10,603 total new cases and 97 new resident deaths. Glades County is up by 6 since the last report, for a total of 781 total infections. Eleven Glades County residents have died from the virus. 49 residents of Hendry County have died, out of 3,392 total cases. Hendry County cases are up by 29 since the last report. Click HERE* for a case-by-case breakdown – updated daily.

The Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties will accept appointments for specific populations to receive the first inoculations of the COVID-19 vaccine for the public, beginning today from 8:30 to 11:30, and from 1:30p to 4p. The department is also taking appointments for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, of this week, for both LaBelle and Moore Haven locations. The COVID-19 vaccine will only be given to long-term care facility residents and staff; persons 65 years of age and older; and Health care personnel with direct patient contact. Visit for more information.

A 65-year-old Immokalee woman was left in critical condition after being hit by a LaBelle woman’s SUV. At around 9:53 New Year’s Eve night in Collier County, the Immokalee senior citizen walked into the path of the LaBelle woman’s vehicle, according to a report released by the Florida Highway Patrol. The Pedestrian was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital. There has been no update on her condition.

A Florida panther was rescued on December 9 after the FWC received a call that the animal had been hit by a vehicle and was still alive. The accident occurred on Oil Well Road, just west of State Road 29. Good news for the New Year, as The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Naples Zoo has successfully released a rescued Florida panther back to the wild. The panther, nicknamed “Logan” by zookeepers, recovered well and was released last week at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge. Before the release, the Florida panther received a complete health assessment and was fitted with a radio collar, to monitor and collect data on panther movement, behavior, reproduction and more.

Harry Chapin Food Bank will be in town this week. They’ll be at the John Boy from 10 to noon on January 6. Its totally free. Just drive through and pop your trunk.

The Hendry County Health Department will be conducting free COVID-19 testing this week and next beginning Thursday. January 7 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. They’ll be in Moore Haven on Monday, then over in LaBelle next Thursday.