Monday March 1, 2021

The use of Palm Beach State College’s Belle Glade campus as a vaccination distribution site, is an effort for nursing students to help area residents who are on a waiting list to get the COVID vaccine. But residents aren’t the only ones getting shot. Last month, nursing students began helping administer the vaccine at the Florida Department of Health in Belle Glade. Dr. Deborah Copeland, PBSC’s nursing director, said it is a “win-win” for all involved. By working with the Health Department on its vaccine distribution initiatives, more nursing students can receive clinical training with actual patients, versus simulated training the students have been forced to do, due to the pandemic.

There have now been more than 1.9 million reported cases of the coronavirus in Florida, with 30,852 deaths. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, the Florida Department of Health reported an increase of 5,539 from Saturday’s update. The state also reported a single-day increase of 118 deaths. Health officials reported 79,344 hospital admissions statewide. For a full breakdown of the cases in Florida, click here.

It’s been about 2 and a half months since the FDA issued an emergency use authorization for the second vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19. The Moderna vaccine would be administered in two doses, one month apart. Since the beginning, it’s been said that it was particularly easy to obtain the shot here in Hendry and in Glades county, even attracting residents of neighboring Lee and Collier counties. Brenda Barnes of the Florida Department of health reports that yesterday, some people didn’t show up for their second dose of the vaccine. Therefore, the Glades county health department will take walk-ins today from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. for first doses only. No appointment is needed but you do need ID and a consent form. Visit here for more information. The vaccine is still only for those 65 and older, healthcare workers, and the otherwise extremely vulnerable.

A LaBelle man died in a vehicle accident in Hendry County over the weekend. The Florida Highway Patrol has released a transcript of what happened. The report reveals that a 32-year-old Felda man was traveling south on State Road 29, with his 5- and 7-year-old passengers, approaching E Road, at around 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning. At the same time, a pedestrian walking in the southbound lane, a 58-year-old LaBelle resident, was struck by the Felda man’s vehicle. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. Neither the driver or his minor passengers were hurt. This crash remains under investigation.

Three LaBelle residents were involved in a fatal vehicle accident Friday afternoon, leaving both drivers critically injured. A 61-year-old Labelle driver was traveling west on A Road approaching the State Road 29 intersection. FHP says the man violated the right of way of another vehicle driven by a 50-year-old man and his 28-year-old male passenger. According to the report, the first vehicle crashed into the passenger side of the second vehicle killing the young rider. Both drivers survived the accident, and were reported to be in critical condition at the time. All parties names have been protected under Marsy’s Law.

Clewiston High School Tigers are celebrating a win as two members of the CHS wrestling team are headed to the state championships after victory in Jensen Beach over the weekend. Issac Martinez and Hisham Ramadan were the two regional placers who will be competing this weekend at the state tournament in Kissimmee. Coach Quin Miller could not contain his excitement for the boys’ hard work. Congratulations to the Clewiston High School Tigers wrestling team.