Monday June 8, 2020 News

Over the weekend, the number of COVID-19 positive numbers in Hendry County rose considerably.  The latest reported number as of this morning is 558 positive residents since testing began in March. Now, 18 people have died, and 87 have recovered. Overall in the entire state, There are a total of 62,758 Florida cases*** with 2,688 deaths related to COVID-19.  For any other questions related to COVID-19 in Florida, please contact the Department’s dedicated COVID-19 Call Center by calling 1-866-779-6121. The Call Center is available 24 hours per day. Inquiries may also be emailed to

The 20th Judicial Circuit Courts moved into phase two of operations last Monday as the state begins to reopen under phase II of the COVID-19 pandemic. Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Glades counties have all criteria to transition to phase two last week as, Hendry County courthouse remained in the first phase. Beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, Hendry County Courthouse will reopen with new restrictions. All persons must enter thru the courtyard on the east side of the Judicial wing (facing S. Bridge Street) and exit thru the south side doors toward the courthouse parking lot.

All persons must proceed thru a security and temperature check. Additionally, all individuals must wear a mask or face covering upon entering and while inside the courthouse. Individuals with disabilities will be allowed entrance on the south side of the courthouse near the courthouse parking lot if special accommodations are needed. There is a Phase Three in the chief justice’s plan and a Phase Four, which would be a complete return to normalcy.

Saturday night, the excitement was tangible on Cane Field. Yes, for the Tigers, but not for football, not yet. Decorated cars, buggies and golf carts lined up, prepared for the Drive Through Commencement Ceremony for the Clewiston High School Class of 2020. Parents yelled and Horns honked as eye of the Tiger played in the background. Dakota Ali said it was a once in a lifetime experience and it was obvious that CHS faculty and staff did everything they could with respect to the Coronavirus pandemic, that made it extra special. He said to his class although he would have loved to physically sit on Cane Field next to them,bnmnmnm  figuratively, he’s next to each of them. Here’s some of what we heard Saturday night:

A week of peaceful protest over the tragic death of Minnesota resident George Floyd from excessive force from Minneapolis police on Memorial Day culminated on Sunday with a march that began on the east side of town and ended with a gathering in Flagler Park. The protests have been on going every evening since last Sunday and Okeechobee resident Amber Sewell says that it isn’t about acting once or twice, but to really cause change, people have to be consistent with their beliefs.